Students cut ski vacations short after mysterious symptoms

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Some 450 freshmen from the Utrecht fraternity have cut their ski holiday to the French resort of Risoul cut short because they were struck down by a mysterious illness following a night out.

A total of nine students fell ill for two consecutive nights and five had to be taken to hospital. Panic attacks, tremors, weak legs and short-term memory loss were among the symptoms they experienced, and so far no one has found the cause.

Both men and women were affected, about half and half, a spokesperson for the fraternities said. NU.nl. All the students have since been discharged from the hospital.

The bar where the students partied was mentioned in connection with the incidents and local rumor has it that the drug GHB ended up in their drinks.

The Nu.nl news site cites a letter from fraternity councils which says students were “wary” of bar staff, security staff and other groups of holidaymakers. The owners of the bar have denied any involvement, saying no evidence of GHB poisoning has yet been found.

Blood test results are expected in a few days.

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