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Students in possible food poisoning case

NEARLY 150 students have been treated for vomiting and diarrhea since Thursday after eating at a school canteen, officials at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics said yesterday.

The campus hospital was crowded with students on Thursday night and some were sent to a nearby hospital and were still receiving an intravenous drip as of last night.

"At first I thought a snack I bought from a street vendor made me sick," said a student surnamed Liu. "But later I found that many students in other dorms also became sick."

The 149 students who became ill suspected they had suffered food poisoning after eating dinner in a school canteen. Many of them had a bellyache and diarrhea. Some even had a fever.

However, Shanghai Food and Drug Administration officials said they don't know if it's a food poisoning case.

"The sick students had different food sources," said Gu Zhenhua, an FDA official.

He said the victims ate in different canteens and some didn't even eat at school.

The FDA is now checking the school's canteens while health authorities are investigating the drinking water and disease control officials are looking into whether it's a contagious disease.

Officials said it will take time to finish the investigation as many students had left for the weekend.


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