40, mostly kids, fall victim to food poisoning in Cebu - Cebu Circle | Cebu City, Philippines

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

40, mostly kids, fall victim to food poisoning in Cebu

August 18, 2009 CEBU CITY - More than 40 persons, mostly children, were hit by food poisoning Sunday night in Cebu from eating what is suspected to be spoiled “puto cheese” (rice cake with cheese).

Doctors and nurses were seen frantically treating the victims of food poisoning in the emergency ward of the Cebu City Medical Center.

Many of the children of Sitio Pangutana in Barangay Apas were affected by the ailment.

Bernadette Tolentin said he also are “puto cheese” but was not affected. Her 2 children however suffered from food poisoning.

Tolentin said the “puto cheese” they ate was already spoilt. She said it felt “too sticky”.

Ada Gonzales, one of the vendors of the “puto cheese” meanwhile admitted that the rice cake she sold were from the unsold items left from the day before. She said however that these were placed in a refrigerator and were steamed again before she sold it.

Most of the victims were 20 years old and younger.

Dr. Myrna Go, Cebu City Medical Center chief, confirmed that the patients were suffering from food poisoning. She siad the victims complained of stomach aches and were vomiting. (From a report of Reno Tallada, ABS-CBN Central Visayas)

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