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China: 42 children hit by food poisoning

Last Updated: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 21:51

Beijing: As many as forty two kindergarten
children in China`s Zhejiang Province have fallen ill in a
suspected case of food poisoning.

Students at a kindergarten in Xiaoshan district began
to vomit and complained of abdominal pain on Friday, according
to officials from the district`s Communist Party of China
(CPC) committee.

The children were rushed to local hospitals, where
their vital signs were found to be stable, the officials said.

"From the children`s symptoms, we believe it is
probably a case of food poisoning," said Shao Jiwei, vice
president of Xiaoshan People`s Hospital.

Most of the students at the school are children of
migrant workers.

Ying Jinfeng, the mother of a five-year-old who had
fallen ill, said that she found the school cordoned off by
police when she came to pick up her child on Friday afternoon.

"Both my husband and I have to work for 12 hours a
day, even on weekends, so we don`t have the time to take care
of our child," Ying said.

The cause of the incident is unknown and officials are
probing into it, Xinhua reported.


First Published: Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 21:51
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