Boy dies after consuming beef

2011-05-23 14:42

A teenage boy has died after eating meat from a cow that died at his village of Mthombetsipsa in Eastern Cape, the provincial health department said today.

“He was declared dead at the Makhotyane clinic in Libode today [Monday] after eating the cow on Sunday afternoon,” spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

“Him and other villagers found the dead cow in their kraal and decided to eat it... without knowing what caused its death.”

About 40 villagers arrived at the clinic with symptoms including diarrhoea, severe stomach cramps and headaches. They were taken to St Barnabas Hospital.

“We have more people who are being transported to the clinic for stabilisation... we will investigate the cause.”

The department advised people not to eat animals that had died from unknown causes.

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