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346 students hospitalized in SW China


17:07, June 14, 2013

CHENGDU, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A total of 346 students at a school in southwest China's Sichuan Province have been hospitalized since Thursday evening after exhibiting signs of illness, local authorities said Friday.

The publicity department of the Dongpo District of the city of Meishan said the students were from the Yingtian Middle School.

As of Friday afternoon, 216 students are being treated in a local hospital, including 45 who are seriously ill. Another 130 students remain in the hospital for observation.

Experts from the provincial disease control and prevention center are investigating the incident.

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