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BOR - 19 Feb 2018

Food poisoning in Bor kills young girl, 300 hospitalized

A 17-year-old girl in the town of Bor in South Sudan’s Jonglei State died of suspected food poisoning while over 300 were hospitalized on Sunday evening.

Kuai Deng Kuai, the director general of the state ministry of health, told Radio Tamazuj today that the 300 people remain in hospital.

“A young girl died in the neighborhood but she was not brought to the hospital,” he said.

Kuai further said they are investigating the cause, but suspected poor hygiene. “For now, we anticipate the problem to have resulted from food poisoning, probably related to poor hygiene,” he said.

The government official pointed out that the incident happened during a function in the town of Bor. H indicated that they have taken blood and food samples to the laboratory in Juba to ascertain the actual cause and the results will be released soon.

Kuai assured the general public that the situation is under control.” Those who are admitted are responding well,” he said.