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Food poisoning victims rise in Dong Nai

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The number of individuals hospitalized in Dong Nai Province after eating banh mi from a local shop has risen to 487 as of today, May 3, according to the provincial Department of Health.

The suspected food poisoning has triggered urgent action from authorities, with the Ministry of Health instructing the provincial Health Department to immediately suspend the banh mi shop in question.

At Long Khanh Regional General Hospital, medical staff are currently treating 451 cases. Among them, at least 19 patients have been discharged, 11 transferred, and 96 under outpatient treatment. All hospitalized patients are reportedly in stable condition.

Dong Nai Rubber General Hospital is attending to 24 cases, including nine children, with none of them in severe condition. Ai Nghia General Clinic is treating 22 patients.

However, Dong Nai Pediatric Hospital is taking care of 12 affected children, five of them in critical condition, exhibiting symptoms such as unconsciousness, cyanosis, cardiac arrest, and respiratory failure.

The Ministry of Health’s Food Safety Agency has urged provincial health authorities to mobilize resources for treating the affected patients and to conduct a swift investigation to determine the cause of the food poisoning.

Samples of food and bodily fluids have been collected for laboratory testing and analysis, with results expected to be publicly disclosed to promptly alert the community.

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