Food poisoning in South Korea, sick 1 thousand people

Last Updated on July 7, 2024 10:21 am

More than 1,000 people have been sickened by food poisoning in South Korea. BBC reported that they fell ill after eating a local dish called ‘Kimchi’.

Officials in the southwestern city of Namwon said on Friday morning local time that 996 people had been confirmed sick as of this morning. However, local media reported that this number had risen to 1,24 by Saturday afternoon.

Officials said the popular fermented cabbage dish was contaminated with school meals in the city. Among the patients with vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain are 24 school students and staff.

Norovirus is highly contagious and is transmitted through contact with contaminated objects such as toilet flush handles. Most infected people recover within a few days without needing hospital treatment. But some get much sicker.

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