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33 students in Occidental Mindoro in hospital for ‘food poisoning’

By: - Correspondent / @mvirolaINQ
/ 11:05 PM October 10, 2022

Oriental Mindoro map. STORY: 33 students in Occidental Mindoro in hospital for ‘food poisoning’

CITY OF CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines – Thirty-three students who were apparently suffering from food poisoning were taken to a hospital in Sablayan town, Occidental Mindoro province on Monday (Oct. 10) evening, according to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).

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They are students at the San Francisco Elementary School, according to Hyacinth Arah Dacayanan, MDRRMO communications officer.

“Police said the food — fried spring rolls — that reportedly caused the poisoning came from outside and was brought inside the school,” Dacayanan told the Inquirer.

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MDRRMO head Arcris Canillo said they received a call from Barangay San Francisco around noon after students complained of stomach aches. They were taken to San Sebastian District Hospital.

Dr. Simon Salazar, hospital chief, said a total of 97 patients were affected by the food poisoning incident. Out of these, 86 are students, six are teachers, and five are outsiders.

Sixty-four were mild cases and were sent home with instructions, and the rest — the 33 students — were admitted to the hospital.

Canillo said authorities were still investigating the incident, adding that the local government unit was assisting the students.

The Department of Education has not issued a statement.

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