Undiagnosed Food-borne disease – India

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July 5th, 2021 – 170 individuals fell ill from consumption of prasad at the Kothwan village in Munger district of Bihar. No reported fatalities.

A total of 250 individuals took part of the event in the Kothwan village, late Monday evening, 170 of those individuals complained of upset stomach, dizziness, and vomiting after the consumption of prasad. Officials suspect the illness to be food poisoning as the symptoms mentioned in the source are generally associated with a food poisoning. The specific food-borne illness is not indicated in the source.

Around 11pm, medical staff responded and tended to the ill individuals as cases slightly increased. Treatment included the administration of medication. Of the 170 affected, 80 are still under treatment, and 15 were admitted to a nearby health facility due to dehydration. Patients were showing signs of recovery.

Samples of the prasad were taken for laboratory analysis. Officials suspect that the milk used to make prasad was contaminated. Officials declared the outbreak under control, according to the source.

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