At least ninety students in the west and east of Flanders have contracted salmonella and have become ill. According to the Agency for Care and Health, at least thirty schools have already been affected by salmonella contamination.The Federal Food Agency FAVV has closed the company that supplies meals to 120 schools as a precaution. On Thursday, at least fourteen students were taken to the hospital. There is a chance that the number of infections is still rising.
It is not certain whether the company is responsible for the contamination. FASFC has not found a cause at the supplier for the time being. Samples were taken that are examined in a laboratory. Next week, new tests will be conducted and the agency will decide whether the caterer may reopen.
The symptoms of a Salmonella infection are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes fever can occur. In case of dehydration symptoms, a hospital admission may be necessary.