Chinese girls die after eating school dinners
Source of Article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/05/china
Officials in north-west
The two pupils, from
Xu Jing and Bao Dongxue, who are thought to have been in their mid-teens, were rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards. The agency blamed food poisoning.
The local government sent more than 300 students from Qingcheng middle school for medical examinations. Thirty-eight were diagnosed with food poisoning, with 28 kept in for observation.
The Qingyang government information office said the public health bureau was working with other departments to determine the cause of the outbreak, examining samples of the food and interviewing all those involved with the cafeteria and even those still being treated in hospital.
On one bulletin board, a user
claiming to attend the school alleged that rat poison had been found in post
mortems on the victims. While unfounded rumours
often spread like wildfire on the internet in
In 2002, in one of the most
notorious incidents, at least 38 people - many schoolchildren - died after
eating breakfast from a fast-food shop in eastern
Last month, Chinese media
reported that around 170 guests at a wedding banquet in northern
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