School children hospitalised

2011-03-01 11:00

A total of 172 children fell ill at a school in the Eastern Cape and were taken to a clinic, the Eastern Cape health department said today.

“The children, mainly girls aged 13 to 21, received treatment from Idutywa Health Centre yesterday [Monday] morning,” spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

He said the children, from Idutywa School of Excellence, complained about stomach cramps and diarrhoea on Sunday night.

It is believed the children may have fallen sick after eating contaminated chicken served at their hostel.

“We have sent a team of health and environment officers there for an investigation. Stool samples have also been sent to a laboratory,” Kupelo said.

He said that appropriate action would be taken in all schools found with unhygienic kitchens and supplies.

The children were discharged yesterday but had not returned to school.

Two weeks ago,four hundred students from Mthatha Technical School in the Eastern Cape were also treated for food poisoning.

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