Dozens hospitalised with food poisoning south of Cairo

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Apr 2016

The afflicted showed symptoms of food poisoning after eating at a wedding in Beni Suef

Over 80 people were hospitalised late Friday after a mass food poisoning in the southern town of Beni Suef, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

The afflicted were hospitalised after they ate from food served at a wedding party in a village in Beni Suef, some 150 kilometres south of the capital Cairo

Provincial health ministry official Gamal Al-Gohary said the people showed symptoms of food poisoning after eating bad meat and are currently being kept under observation.

Al-Gohary said only one case has been held in the intensive care unit.

Food poisoning is not uncommon in Egypt where basic standards of hygiene are poorly enforced.

In April 2015, over 700 people in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya contracted food poisoning blamed on contaminated tap water. 

Another major incident occurred at Cairo's Al-Azhar dormitory when around 500 students were struck down with food poisoning in April 2013 after having eaten at a campus cafeteria.

A second mass food poisoning incident involving over 170 cases occured at the university later in the same month.

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