Undiagnosed Food-borne disease – India

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October 20, 2021 – Approximately 40 individuals have been suspected to have food poisoning. The population of individuals is a combination of adults and children. One individual, a 10-year-old child, has been confirmed dead. Individuals have sought hospital admission for treatment.

Common symptoms that were reported amongst the individuals include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and dizziness. Individuals reported these symptoms not long after attending a death ceremony (shradh) in the Muzaffarpur district in Bihar on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 and consuming the food that was provided at the event. These symptoms are common with a food-borne related illness and occur not long after an individual consumes contaminated food.

The identification of the type of food that was consumed and suspected to have resulted in the food-borne illness could not be determined. According to officials in the source, the food that was to be investigated had already been disposed of and unable to be collected for sampling. Most individuals are seeing recovery and health officials are visiting homes to treat individuals who could not visit a health clinic.

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