Food poisoning sickens 42 kids in Hangzhou

Updated: 2011-07-09 07:53


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HANGZHOU - Forty-two kindergarteners in Zhejiang province have been sickened in an alleged case of food poisoning, local authorities said Friday.

Students at a kindergarten in the Xiaoshan district of the provincial capital of Hangzhou began to vomit and complain of abdominal pain around 1:30 pm Friday, according to officials from the district's Communist Party of China (CPC) committee.

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The children were rushed to local hospitals, where their vital signs were found to be stable, the officials said.

"From the children's symptoms, we believe it is probably a case of food poisoning," said Shao Jiwei, vice president of Xiaoshan No 2 People's Hospital.

The kindergarten is unlicensed and unnamed. Most of its students are the children of migrant workers.

Ying Jinfeng, the mother of a sickened five-year-old, said that she found the kindergarten cordoned off by police when she came to pick up her child Friday afternoon.

"Both my husband and I have to work 12 hours a day, even on weekends, so we don't have time to take care of our child," Ying said.

The cause of the incident is unknown, pending further investigation.


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