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Chicken soup, but not for the soul

A victim of food poisoning recovers at Duya Hospital in Irrawaddy division.

Nearly 20 Buddhist devotees who ate chicken and glass-noodle soup before fasting at a local monastery in Irrawaddy division were hospitalised with food poisoning on 4 September.

Nu Nu Tin, treated as an out-patient at the hospital in the town of Duya, said she and around 150 others experienced diarrhoea shortly after eating the chicken soup. Then some began vomiting and several fainted, she said.

“We ate before noon, but began feeling ill about an hour later,” she said. “It went on throughout the night.”

By Friday, 6 September, 19 patients had been admitted to the local hospital. One of them, a 90-year-old woman, was transferred to the Henzada District Hospital which is better equipped.

A doctor at Duya Hospital told DVB at the weekend that most of the victims have been treated and have recovered, and that health officials are investigating the cause of the incident.

“We assume it could be passed on from an animal but are conducting an thorough investigation. We will have an answer soon,” said Dr Wai Linn Shein.