95 suffer food poisoning after a feast in central Myanmar

Patients suffering from food poisoning undergoing treatment.

MYANMAR - According to a health official, 95 people from some villages of Myingyan District, Mandalay Region, got food poisoning after eating chicken biryani during a feast held by the Shwepawkhun village Buddhist monastery to mark a pagoda festival.

The head of the Myingyan District health department, Dr Zaw Win, said 95 people from five villages, including Shwepawkhun village, were being given treatment.

"Let me say they have food poisoning. They have symptoms such as nausea and diarrhoea. As soon as we got the news, we went to the scene together with over 20 nurses to treat them," said Dr Zaw Win.

One patient said he visited the village to help with the charity work and ate the food. At about midnight, he started to vomit and had to go to a nearby government health centre where other villagers were arriving with the same symptoms.

Win Htet, a female nurse from Nabuaing Health Centre, said: "As we have a lot of patients, staff from the district health department have to come to help us. Most of the patients are those who ate the food at the festival. It is not clear what caused the food poisoning. We will know the answer after laboratory results."