MALDA (WB) :
AT LEAST 500 people were taken ill due to suspected food poisoning in the Hamidpur area of West Bengal’s Malda district, health officials said on Tuesday. Seventy persons among those taken ill were hospitalised at Bangitola rural hospital on Sunday after they started vomiting and experienced stomach ache, said Koushik Mistri, health official of Kaliachak 2 block.
Most of the patients admitted to the hospital were from Sibutola, Sripur, Tinghoria and Jogoltola villages, he said. Ten persons are still undergoing treatment at the Bangitola hospital while two patients have been referred to Malda Medical College and Hospital, Mistri said. The rest have been discharged from the facility at Bangitola, he added. Mistri said the people may have taken ill after consuming food at a Shivratri fair in Sibutola.