Over 70 villagers hospitalized for suspected food poisoning in south China

09:56, May 03, 2011      

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More than 70 villagers in Baise, a city in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were hospitalized under suspicions of food poisoning, local government authorities said Monday.

Those affected had attended a private banquet in the village on Thursday afternoon and later experienced symptoms including fever, headache, diarrhea or vomiting on Sunday, the Baise municipal government said in a statement.

Everyone who had attended the banquet was sent to local hospitals and 72 people were suspected of suffering food poisoning, according to the statement.

The youngest person to be sickened was a 6-month-old baby, the statement said.

All the patients are in stable condition and the sickness is not life-threatening.

An investigation into the cause is underway.

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