ZHENGZHOU, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Health authorities
said 61 children in central China's Henan Province were still being treated
or observed at a hospital Monday afternoon, following an apparent case of
bacterial food poisoning at the Zhoukou Experimental Kindergarten.
The children ate noodles, porridge and
As of 3 p.m., 21 students were being
treated and 40 were being observed in the Zhoukou Central Hospital in
Zhoukou City, doctors told Xinhua.
All were in stable condition, and the
lab result was due in four days, said Zhou Yong, a spokesman with the
provincial public health bureau.
Initial investigation showed that the
children were sickened by bacterial food poisoning.
"My child is better now. He had a
temperature of 40 degrees Celsius and his arms and legs were
twitching," said Liang Jing, the mother of a 4-year-old boy named Zhu
Another mother was worried about her
5-year-old son, Zhao Xiaoliang. "My son had serious diarrhea,"
said Ma Lanrong, massaging his abdomen.
The incident took place in the Zhoukou
Experimental Kindergarten, the largest kindergarten in Zhoukou, when 768
children had lunch Friday.
A total of 214 children and three
teachers showed symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and breaking out in a cold
They were immediately sent to a nearby
hospital, and most recovered and were discharged. The cause of the food
poisoning is being investigated, said Zhou.
The kindergarten, with a staff of 86,
has 836 students.