2 April 2013

Egypt: Health Ministry - Number of Al-Azhar's Food Poisoning Cases Rises to 479, No Deaths

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The Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt.

Health Ministry announced on Monday 1/4/2013 that the number of food poisoning cases among al-Azhar University students rose to 479, with no deaths reported.

Head of the Central Administration of Intensive Care and Emergency at the Ministry Khalid el-Khatib said that the poisoned students have been hospitalized in seven hospitals; 152 cases were admitted to Demerdash Poison Center, 27 to Nasr City One Day Surgery, 49 to Health Insurance Hospital in Nasr City, 11 to Manshiyat al-Bakri Hospital, 195 to Fever Hospital in Abbasiya, 12 cases to al-Zahraa University Hospital and 33 to Sayyed Galal Hospital."

The Demerdash Poison Centre director said the samples that were taken from the patients proved negative to food poisoning, but they all suffer from acute intestinal catarrh. He asserted that all the patients are in stable health condition.

A state of high alert was declared in several hospitals in anticipation of any possible rise in the number of poisoned students, he said.

Also, contacts have been made with the poison centers in Qasr el-Aini and Ain Shams University to coordinate the treatment protocol of the students.

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