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Biological Health Hazard – Mass Food Poisoning (schoolchildren): Sohag Governorate, Egypt


Published Date: 2017-03-15 14:52:03
Subject: PRO/EDR> Foodborne illness – Egypt: (SJ) schoolchildren, RFI
Archive Number: 20170315.4902833

Political Map of Egypt

Political Map of Egypt. Map based on a UN map. Source: UN Cartographic Section

Date: Wed 15 Mar 2017, 7:22 AM ET
Source: ABC news, Associated Press report [edited]

Egypt’s Health Ministry says hundreds of schoolchildren have been admitted to hospital in a suspected mass food poisoning this week. The ministry says the outbreak involved 2262 children in 8 schools in the southern province of Sohag. They developed symptoms after eating school meals provided as part of a government food program for schoolchildren.

The ministry statement late on [Tue 14 Mar 2017], said most of those admitted to hospital have been released. Samples of the meals were being analyzed to ascertain the cause of the suspected poisoning. The independent Al-Shorouk daily says the Sohag governor suspended the food program pending the outcome of the analysis.

In 2013, university students protested after some 160 colleagues fell ill after a tuna meal at the University of Al-Azhar, Cairo’s centuries-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning.

Communicated by:

[Little information is given here to assess the etiology of the large outbreak and there is nothing written regarding the implicated food vehicle. Data that can be helpful regarding the outbreak includes the incubation period, the length of illness, the presence or absence of fever and whether vomiting or diarrhea -or both- were present. – Mod.LL

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