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100 school students fall sick

NEARLY 100 students from a middle school in Henan Province suffered vomiting, fever and diarrhea in the past few days but authorities have refused to reveal the cause of the illness.
The children have been kept in hospital for treatment but parents were not allowed to visit them, Henan Business Daily reported today.
Students have been having special summer lessons at the Xinghua School in Xinmi City.
One mother said her 14-year-old son fell ill last Saturday and was sent to hospital the next day.
"The health and education authorities didn't tell us the cause of the illness nor let us visit children," the mother surnamed Zhao was quoted as saying, adding authorities refused to let her transfer her son to another hospital.
Four guards were stopping parents and reporters entering the hospital, the newspaper said.
Parents who waited outside said they suspected the meat served for lunch on Saturday caused the illness. Most students ate it because meat is seldom offered.
Medical experts were sent to the hospital yesterday for consultation but didn't reveal any information to parents.
A doctor from Xinmi's Red Cross Hospital who didn's want to be named said the children are all in a stable condition now. But the doctor refused to reveal the cause of the illness, only saying the health bureau had begun investigating.
The Xinmi City Health Bureau said the cause of the illness is still not clear.
Xinghua is a private school with more than 2,000 students. It charges 400 yuan (US$58.8) per student of Grade 7, 8 and 9 for the summer lessons.


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