Food poisoning downs 85 in Nueva Vizcaya
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya (16 September) -- At least 85 persons have been treated at the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) in barangay San Antonio North here Wednesday night after suffering symptoms of food poisoning.
The victims of food poisoning are 64 children and 21 adults, mostly indigenous peoples from various villages of Sta. Fe town who attended the medical, dental and surgical mission of Representative Carlos Padilla.
The medical and dental mission was organized to celebrate the 66th birthday of Representative Carlos Padilla.
"It was an acute level of food poisoning but they were already dispatched after undergoing treatment for 12 hours here to stop their dehydration, vomiting and loose bowel movement," said Dr. Edwin Galapon, NVPH chief.
He said the patients complained of the food because of its unusual taste which might have been spoiled due to its early preparation.
The pork meat was served in slices through a cultural tradition among indigenous peoples of sharing pork meat during important celebrations called "Wat-wat".
Galapon said the patients suffered abdominal pains, vomiting and loose bowels after eating the pork meat which were served as lunch during the medical, dental and surgical mission.
Galapon added that a team of health workers were already dispatched to gather the remains of the pork meat that was served during the lunch to have it examined for microorganisms.
Galapon said the hospitalization expenses were shouldered by Padilla and governor Luisa Cuaresma. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]