Local10.com (Florida) reports that nine contestants in the Miss Florida beauty pageant were hospitalized Tuesday evening after complaining of diarrhea and nausea.
The contestants were staying at the Hilton near Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade fire-rescue officials said the contestants might have eaten some undercooked chicken at the hotel the day before.
Two of the contestants were admitted at South Miami Hospital overnight for observation. The other seven were treated and released.
The contestants were in town for the pageant being held at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Preliminaries were scheduled to begin Wednesday and the finals Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the pageant said the schedule would be modified to allow the affected contestants a chance to compete.