Food poisoning at school acquaintance party downs 38 students in Bohol

  • Food poisoning downed 38 students and their class adviser in Bohol
  • Food which they brought to their acquaintance party is believed to have been the cause
  • Most of the students have since been discharged from the hospital

At least 38 students, together with their class adviser, were rushed to the hospital after suffering a bout of food poisoning caused by what is believed to be food brought during their school acquaintance party in the province of Bohol.

The patients, who were from the Grade 11 class of the San Roque National High School in East Poblacion in the town of Albur, Bohol, complained of dizziness, stomach pain and headache, and showed symptoms of diarrhea.

They all began exhibiting the symptoms of food poisoning a day after their acquaintance party held last July 26. The patients were then brought to the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH)  in the provincial capital of Tagbilaran City where hospital staff confirmed that they were all suffering from the ailment.

School principal Ambrosio Fuerzas said that among the food served were kinilaw or raw fish in vinegar, grilled pork, fried chicken, rice, noodles, butsi or glutinous rice with sweet bean paste, and drinking juice, which the students brought to school to share with everyone.

“They had a boodle fight during our acquaintance party,” he told the Inquirer.

Meanwhile, the students did not recall anything amiss with the food served during the party, although one of the patients said that the rice was under-cooked.

Majority of the patients have since been discharged from the hospital, although they are all still under observation. School officials, on the other hand, are currently investigating the possible cause of the food poisoning.