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207 Philippine students downed by food poisoning
By Manolo B. Jara January 17, 2016
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MANILA: Food poisoning has downed a total of 207 public school students in two areas in the Philippines within just two days, raising serious concern from health authorities on the safety of food and snacks served to them.

The latest case was reported by GMA News in the town of Ubay on the island province of Bohol in the Visayas in Central Philippines that victimised 85 elementary school students who partook of a local delicacy called “ampao” (sweetened rice puff) on Friday.

Officials said the students complained of stomach ache and vomiting after eating ampao they bought from a vendor during their recess period.

The victims were brought to the nearest hospital where 19 of the victims were still confined while the remaining 66 were allowed to go home but still under observation.

On Wednesday, 122 students and a teacher were hospitalised due to food poisoning in suburban Makati in Metro Manila, considered the Philippines “financial capital” and one of the richest in the country.

Reports reaching Makati City Hall said the victims fell ill immediately after taking snack foods especially biscuits from the school canteen after their mid-morning recess.

Attending physicians said the victims exhibited symptoms of food poisoning like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache and cold sweat.

Makati Mayor Romulo Pena immediately ordered the closure of the school canteen which, although found to be licensed with all other necessary permit, would be investigated.
 

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