Food poisoning grips 500 KZN children

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Published:Feb 21, 2009

Health inspectors have been sent to KwaNongoma to test food that put over 500 children in hospital with food poisoning, the KwaZulu-Natal health department said on Friday.

The boarders at Mlokothwa High School became ill after eating mince meat for supper on Thursday.

They were taken to the Benedictine Hospital over Thursday and Friday to be treated for vomiting and diarrhoea.

The hospital, which has 430 beds according to its website, deployed extra nursing staff to cope and managed to send the children home after treatment.

Health department spokesman Leon Mbanga said the meat was believed to be rotten.

But, the health inspectors would conduct tests to confirm this, or to ascertain whether poison had been added to the food.



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