Gastroenteritis – India

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40 persons took ill after having dinner at a function in Peddapur of Metpally mandal, India, late on Friday night (Feb 5).

A small party was thrown celebrate finishing the construction of a home. The guest were served mutton curry and makka gudalu (maize). At least 40 of the 60 villagers who participated in the function developed symptoms of food poisoning like diarrhea and vomiting later in the night.

They were admitted to various hospitals on Saturday. While 25 persons were admitted in different hospitals in Metpally and Korutla, 15 were given treatment in their houses by medical staff.

According to villagers and medical staff, makka gudalu (prepared with corn soaked for several days) was the main reason for food poisoning.

Photo: Artist rendering of a pathogen.

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