Fainting students spur air tests at Maine school

Posted Feb. 13, 2010, at 3:15 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Officials at a Maine high school are awaiting the results of air quality tests taken after four students fainted on the same day last week.

All four either were in or had been in the music room at Cony High School in Augusta on Wednesday. Principal James Anastasio told the Kennebec Journal that one student fell down a set of stairs after fainting. Other students reported feeling lightheaded.

The principal says the school’s air-monitoring equipment indicated no problems, and the air-handling unit that serves the music room also filters air for an entire wing at the school. As a precaution, the room remains closed and more detailed tests were performed.

He also noted that a virus has been going around the school.

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