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Food poisoning victims in Bulacan out of harm’s way
Monday, 13 June 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado immediately instructed the Provincial Public Health Office to provide medical assistance to the victims of food poisoning where at least 160 persons, mostly children, were hospitalized after eating spaghetti at a birthday party in Bgy. Meysulao, Calumpit last Sunday afternoon.

Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Jocelyn Gomez said most of the victims were brought to the Calumpit District Hospital (CDH) while others were brought to the Bulacan Medical Center (BMC) in the City of Malolos and other hospitals in Apalit and Macabebe, Pampanga.

Gomez said that tests are still being conducted on the patients, most of whom were children whose age ranges from 2 to 8 years old, to determine the cause of food poisoning.

She said that most of the victims are still confined and under observation at the CDH and at the BMC.

Dr. Florante Tuazon, provincial health consultant, said most of the victims suffered from acute gastroenteritis or food poisoning. Tuazon said that the victims experienced early symptoms of food poisoning like stomach ache, vomiting, dizziness, loose bowel movement and fever.

He said that the governor also told Dr. Gomez to transfer those who were brought to hospitals in Pampanga to the BMC where they will be given free medical treatment and assistance.

Monalisa Alfonso, mother of one of the victims, said they are not planning to sue the family that served the spaghetti.“Wala naman kasing may gusto sa nangyari. Hindi naman sinadya, ang mahalaga ay mapagamot ang aming mga anak at iba pang biktima ng food poisoning,” Alfonso added.

Symptoms of food poisoning depend on the type of contaminant and the amount eaten. The symptoms can develop rapidly, within 30 minutes, or slowly, worsening over days to weeks. Most of the common contaminants cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. ###

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