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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Food Poisoning Leaves a Five Year old Girl Dead, 72 Hospitalised In China - 23rd July 2011

A food poisoning has left a five-year-old girl dead and 72 others hospitalised in a village in southwest China's Guizhou Province, reports Xinhua news agency quoting a local official as saying Saturday.

Villagers in the Wangzhuang Village in Anshun City began to show symptoms of food poisoning after attending a dinner party hosted by fellow villager Qi Qinggang Friday evening. They were soon sent to five different hospitals, said Ma Ning, vice secretary-general of the Anshun municipal government.

A young girl died after treatment failed. Currently, 12 villagers are still in critical condition, Ma said.

An initial investigation showed the poisoning might be caused by nitrite, which can lead to deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching human's body tissues.

Local authorities are further investigating the case. Source