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Wednesday, 16th February 2011
In General Japan News,

Suspected food poisoning in Japan's schools

It is suspected that around 950 school children in Japan could have fallen ill due to food poisoning.

The outbreak, on the northern island of Hokkaido, is thought to have led to 13 children needing hospital treatment, with many other teachers and staff members also showing signs of being ill.

So far, authorities believe that the food poisoning may be traced to large central kitchens that deliver food daily to schools in the region but tests are still ongoing in to the salmonella infection.

The children showed symptoms at the start of last week following a lunch of miso soup, salad and Japanese radish with minced meat and three central kitchens has been closed down under investigations into the matter are concluded.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhoea, stomach cramps as well as vomiting and fever. The young children, the elderly and people who have immune systems that are not working properly are at greater risk of becoming severely ill due to the bacteria.

Written by Mark Smith.