16 dead of suspected food poisoning in Ivory Coast

11/25/2008 | 02:06 AM

 

Source of Article:  http://www.gmanews.tv/story/135426/16-dead-of-suspected-food-poisoning-in-Ivory-Coast

 

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Health officials say 16 people have died and at least another 96 have been sickened with food poisoning in a small village 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Ivory Coast's capital.

Ministry of Health Spokesman Simeon Nda says townspeople in the village of Bongouanou appear to have consumed a locally popular broth.

The majority of the dead were children under age 11. Ninety-six other people are being cared for in the village hospital. The symptoms include fever and severe cramping.

State-run TV reported that President Laurent Gbagbo arrived in the village on Monday. - AP

 

 

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