80 treated for 'food poisoning' at Free State resort - medics

2016-03-08 16:43


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Bloemfontein – Scores of people have been treated after they suffered apparent food poisoning at the Aldam resort in Ventersburg, Free State, paramedics said on Tuesday.  

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said that when they arrived on the scene, they found patients in the resort's conference room.  

About 80 people were complaining of severe abdominal pain and vomiting, he said.  

"ER24 paramedics, along with provincial and other private services, began to treat the patients for their ailment," he said.  

A provincial doctor was also flown in to assist in treating the patients.

He said a total of 18 patients were transported to Bongani and Katleho hospitals for further treatment.

However, resort manage Nehan Ungerer said only 11 people had been affected and not 80 as reported by paramedics.  

"We don't know what the cause is. We are still investigating and we will know by tomorrow noon.

"However we suspect it is stomach flu and not food poisoning," Ungerer said.

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