60 fall ill at Johannesburg school

2011-02-24 08:04

Johannesburg - At least 60 learners fell ill at a school in Mulbarton, south of Johannesburg, and were taken to hospital, paramedics said on Thursday.

Pupils were complaining of nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting on Wednesday, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said.

The children were aged between 6 and 12.

According to an EWN report, the cause of illness was food poisoning. According to the report, which quoted Wicks, the children were taking part in a Milo roadshow at the school, Mulbarton Primary.

"Paramedics calmed and reassured the panicked children whilst facilitating their transport to hospital for further care and investigation," he said.

They were taken to various hospitals and were in a stable condition.

The father of one of the pupils was quoted as saying that when he was alerted to the incident, he rushed to the school.

“I found the kids scattered around on the playground when I entered… There were maybe three or four ambulances…” he said.

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  • AJ - 2011-02-24 08:57

    'It was unknown what had caused the symptoms' - uhm, food poisoning?

      Felix - 2011-02-24 09:20

      They didn't say how long it was unknown for ;)

      FactFile - 2011-02-25 08:22

      AJ is it only me or can anyone else not read the part you quoted?

  • Ammie - 2011-02-24 09:15


  • Marizani - 2011-02-24 09:36

    this is very alwful to do such a thing, i wish if the person who did this could be punished

      Lou_is - 2011-02-24 10:34

      don't be daft... this was not a deliberate attempt to poison the kids. It was probably negligence regarding the Occupational Health and Safety regulations in terms of the handling of food.

      sammi - 2011-02-24 14:27

      Hi, I agree I wonder if the drinks were not contaminated at source or it was old stock that needed to be used up. I think its disgusting. What has happened to quality control management

  • fullmoon - 2011-02-24 09:55

    ...were COMPLAINING of nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting...Crowd hysteria anyone?

  • BlackSwan - 2011-02-24 10:08


  • maydayza - 2011-02-24 13:38 'nuff said!!

  • Li'l Al - 2011-02-24 14:15

    Perhaps it's not so marvellous what Milo can do for (to) you ... Shame - hope they find the cause of this soon.

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