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Toxin-producing bacteria detected in food in Ischool Nha Trang poisoning

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The People's Committee of Khanh Hoa Province, on the evening of November 22, said that the test results of the Pasteur Institute of Nha Trang showed that three different types of bacteria, including toxin-producing bacteria, were detected in food samples at Ischool Nha Trang. 
Toxin-producing bacteria detected in food in Ischool Nha Trang poisoning ảnh 1 Authorities visit pupils treated at the hospital after the mass food poisoning. (Photo: SGGP)
Specifically, Samonella spp, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli were detected in samples of fried chicken wings with fish sauce.

Among these, Bacillus cereus is an erythrocyte-lytic toxin-producing strain and non-erythrocyte-lytic enterotoxin. The cause of food poisoning is currently under investigation by authorities.

Bui Phuc Lam, 40, living in Nha Trang City, is known to have signed a contract with Ischool Nha Trang to organize a semi-boarding kitchen for 930 students and teachers (including 50 teachers).

The cooking process is carried out in the school's kitchen. During the inspection, Lam presented a certificate of food safety eligibility issued by the Health Department of Nha Trang City for the third time in October 2022.

Toxin-producing bacteria detected in food in Ischool Nha Trang poisoning ảnh 2 The cooking process is carried out in the school's kitchen. (Photo: SGGP)
Regarding the incident, on November 22, the delegation of the Ministry of Health worked with the Department of Health of Khanh Hoa Province and related units of Khanh Hoa Province on the food poisoning case that caused 662 pupils to be examined and treated, an increase of 14 people compared to November 21. Among them, a 6-year-old pupil died. Nearly 140 cases are still under treatment, down 74 cases compared to November 21.

Mr. Trinh Ngoc Hiep, Deputy Director of the Department of Health of Khanh Hoa Province, said that after receiving cases of food poisoning, hospitals had mobilized all resources to save patients and stick to the Ministry of Health's protocol for treatment. 

According to Mr. Vuong Anh Duong, Deputy Director of the Department of Medical Service Administration under the Ministry of Health, the delegation of the Ministry of Health has conducted field investigations in hospitals and suggested that hospitals in the province continue to collect and treat patients.

By Doan Kien – Translated by Da Nguyet

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