26 children down with suspected food poisoning

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2011 04:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2011 12:32 AM

ISABELA, Philippines – Twenty-six children aged 3 to 12 suffered from what is suspected to be food poisoning in Barangay Rang-ayan, Ilagan, Isabela.

Reports said the victims fell ill after eating snacks provided in a Disaster and Calamity Preparedness seminar organized by a private sector.

The victims have been vomiting and experiencing diarrhea since Wednesday.

Faustino N. Dy Memorial Hospital examined the food served in the seminar to determine if it was indeed contaminated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Maria Vida Singson of Dr. Victor Villaroman Memorial Hospital said bacteria was found in the stool samples of the children but said further studies are needed to determine if food poisoning was the cause of the illnesses.

Eleven children are currently confined in Provincial Hospital, Isabela Doctors Hospital and Dr. Victor Villaroman Memorial Hospital. Two of them will be released Saturday.

The organization that served the food said they will give assistance to the victims. -- Report from Julius Camba, ABS-CBN Isabela