Over 200 students in Pingtung fall ill in suspected food poisoning

Taipei, Pingtung County health authorities are investigating a suspected case of mass food poisoning after more than 200 students fell ill with diarrhea and nausea at Donggang Senior High School on Thursday.

The school in southern Taiwan said it began receiving messages of students falling ill late Thursday, and 231 students requested sick leave on Friday due to their symptoms.

As of 11 a.m., 146 of them had sought medical attention and 40 were under observation at local hospitals, according to the Pingtung school.

Chang Ming-chun (張明濬), who heads the student affairs office, said the students who came down with diarrhea and nausea all ate lunches provided by a supplier contracted by the school on Thursday.

The Pingtung Public Health Bureau has collected food samples for analysis, and the school was waiting for the results, Chang said.

According to the school official, the students who fell ill were served braised pork rice, stir-fried cabbage, and white fungus soup with lotus seeds.

As a safety precaution, Chang said the school arranged for other suppliers to provide meals for its students on Friday.

Earlier in the day, health bureau deputy director Chang Hsiu-chun (張秀君) said the suspected food poisoning likely came from the meal, as it was the only meal that the students had eaten together.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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