Korea – 61 students show food poisoning signs; cause unknown

Korea Times

In yet another suspected mass food poisoning case, 61 students in South Gyeongsang Province have been receiving medical treatment after showing symptoms of fever, stomach ache and diarrhea.

Forty-five of the students are from Changwon Masan Jeil High School, while 16 go to Changwon Science High School.

The first suspected patient was reported on Sept. 3, only days after the outbreak of a massive food poisoning case that has affected more than 2,200 students across the country, which is believed to be caused by their consumption of Pulmunoe chocolate cakes.

Health authorities found no link between the two outbreaks. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) is investigating the latest case, suspecting another mass-produced cake brand served in school meals in the province as the cause.

“The MFDS said the cake did not contain any salmonella virus, but the Public Health and Environment Research Institute will give a more detailed analysis,” an education ministry official said.

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