Salmonella Behind School Food Poisoning in Sichuan, China

Created: 2013-06-18 03:28 EST

Category: China

A total of 386 students at a school in southwest China's Sichuan Province were hospitalized on Thursday with food poisoning-like symptoms.

Local authorities said at a press conference on Sunday that the case was due to contaminated cafeteria food.

[Peng Feng, Director, Meishan Health Bureau]:
"Expert consultation and lab tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the provincial, city and district levels have identified the cause as salmonella-contaminated food. 278 students remain in five hospitals, of which 192 have been diagnosed as patients of infectious diarrhea and another 87 are under medical observation."

Around 5pm on Thursday, some students started exhibiting symptoms of vomiting, dizziness and fever at Meishan Yingtian School.

It’s a private school with over 1,300 students between the ages of 2 and 17 in its kindergarten, primary, junior and high-school grades.

According to the provincial disease control and prevention center, the bacteria probably entered the food through improperly decontaminated containers.