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5 die of food poisoning in Mexico

2011-12-27 13:21

Mexico City - Medical officials say five recovering drug addicts died and dozens of others were sickened by soy sausage served for Christmas dinner at a rehabilitation centre in western Mexico.

Authorities were investigating whether the poisoning at the centre in the city of Guadalajara was accidental or intentional.

 Drug cartels have taken over rehabilitation centres in parts of Mexico, forcibly recruiting addicts as hit men and smugglers. The invasions have led to mass shootings at the centres that have left dozens dead.

Alhy Daniel Nunez is a spokesperson for the Red Cross in the western state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located. He said on Monday that 37 people remained hospitalised, three of them in serious condition.