Undiagnosed Food-borne disease – India

week of Monday, June 21, 2021 – Approximately 200 individuals fall ill from food-poisoning. Source is from the consumption of seghar (food consumed during fasting) containing Kangani flour.

Initially, 167 individuals, two being children, were admitted by Tuesday morning (June 22, 2021) to the MB hospital and about two dozen in Karanpur fell ill around the same time with similar symptoms. Other areas with affected individuals include: Hathipole, Jagdish Chowk, and Ghantaghar.

Symptoms of the undiagnosed food-borne illness reported by the patients include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Of the 167, 23 have been released from the hospital and 144 individuals remain under medical care and treatment.

Officials suspect that the Kangani flour was expired and consumed past the expiration date. Households in rural areas will be investigated to identify any other possible cases. In the interim, inspections are being conducted at retail and wholesale sites, with samples being collected and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Conditions are stable and affected individuals continue to receive treatment.

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