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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 10/ 7/2010

Six people report feeling ill at Obama rally

By Washington Post editors

Paramedics have transported one person to the hospital after some people attending a rally for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) at Bowie State University Thursday reported feeling dizzy and other passed out, a Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department spokesman said.

The rally, in which President Obama is to campaign for O'Malley in his re-election bid, drew a crowd of about 5,000 people, some of them elderly.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, said five or sick people were treated for their symptoms on the scene, and one was transported to a hospital. He said it remains unclear what is causing people to become ill but "a lot of these people, once they calm down and start getting out of the crowds, they feel a lot better."

Brady said more EMS personnel have been dispatched to the scene, and a triage area has been set up for those feeling ill. He said he was on his way to the rally to get a better understanding of what was going on. Most of his information, he said, came from radio transmissions.

--Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post editors  | October 7, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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One can only suspect that the headline/link to this item was worded the way it is in order to ensure a flood of political snark comments. Here they come...

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 7, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday was a cold day, so people dressed accordingly.
Then as today warmed up, the overdressed people, stuck in the crowd, most likely became dizzy due to the heat, the waiting, the crowded circumstances, the excitment of seeing a president.

it's typical for this type of situation.
People should always plan ahead.
wear layers of clothes that can be taken off as you get hot.
Keep hydrated and arrive having eaten already. Contact the venue ahead of time if you have any kind of medical condition that requires special accomendations.
Arrange a meeting place both inside and outside the venue for your group incase of seperation.
If waiting for long periods in a line, try to sit as much as you can, or take turns holding the spot with your friends.
If you are elderly, you could also ask the people around you to save your place if you need a break to go sit in the shade.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama makes me sick, too.

Posted by: Cranios | October 7, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama makes me sick, too.

Posted by: Cranios | October 7, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

nan_lynn -- quite revealing for you to try to "preempt" the anticipated comments. Why do you have doubts about the Healer-in-Chief?

Posted by: healer-n-chief | October 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

please tell me obama didn't need his teleprompter..

Posted by: wewintheylose | October 7, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I understand. I get nausea when i hear "DEAR LEADER" lie too!

Posted by: madmike272 | October 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Can the obama administration do anything right?

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison, a government investigator says in a new report.

The payments, which were part of last year's massive economic recovery package, were meant to increase consumer spending to help stimulate the economy.

Vote Republican ----
let the adults run the government again

bye bye democrats

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 7, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Ecksalent proofreeding, excelant !!!!

Posted by: Improperbostonian | October 7, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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