LANZHOU, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-nine children, aged four to six, have
been hospitalized with suspected food poisoning after eating school-prepared
meals in northwest China's Gansu Province.
Children at the No. 1 Kindergarten in Wuwei city began to suffer vomiting,
fever and stomachaches on Wednesday morning and dozens showed similar symptoms
in the afternoon, said a spokesman with the city government.
By 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, more than 100 children had received medical
checks at the People's Hospital in Wuwei.
Hospital sources suspected 59 of the cases were food poisoning.
Management of the kindergarten refused to comment. One teacher said the
children had porridge and buns for breakfast on Wednesday.
Local health workers said no food was seemingly left for lab tests, and
they had sent the school's dishes to a lab of the city's disease prevention and
control center, fearing the incident was caused by inadequate sterilization.