Philippines: Guests, kids hospitalized after wedding feast

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By Charlie Señase
Inquirer Mindanao
First Posted 14:01:00 04/21/2009

KIDAPAWAN CITY—A dozen guests, including seven children, were rushed to a nearby hospital allegedly due to food poisoning after having attended a wedding banquet in Aleosan, North Cotabato on Sunday.

Aleosan Mayor Loreto Cabaya has ordered for an investigation on the reported poisoning to determine its real cause after a physician at the Aleosan District Hospital initially blamed it on amoeba, a water-borne disease.

Cabaya said some of the victims' testimonies proved otherwise when they suspected the pork and beef they had eaten at the wedding to be the cause.

Wedding sponsor Jean Tambalo, 47, who came all the way from Tulunan town in North Cotabato, said after eating the various meat dishes, she and three family members complained of severe headache and abdominal pain.

She said other patients confided to have experienced dizziness, cold extremities, weak legs, vomiting and lose bowel movement.

Cabaya also doubted the freshness of the meats used in the food preparation saying these may have been prepared several hours earlier devoid of refrigeration, thus allowing bacteria to accumulate.

Cabaya reminded residents to adhere to the meat inspection ordinance to ensure public health and safety.



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