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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Philippines : Diarrhea outbreak in Davao prison downs 50 inmates

Via Phil Star :

" About 50 inmates of a major prison in the southern Philippines have been hospitalized following a diarrhea outbreak blamed on ill-prepared and contaminated food, prison and health officials said today.

Some 49 detainees of the Davao Penal Colony in Dujali town, in the southern province of Davao del Norte were rushed to various hospitals after complaining of severe stomach pain, loose bowel, and over a dozen have lost consciousness, said assistant prison superintendent Gerardo Padilla.

Padilla said inmates started falling ill Sunday after eating catered food sold into the facility, and that 12 prisoners were still at a regional government hospital undergoing treatment in the provincial capital city of Tagum as of today.

Elmer Derla, the prison doctor, said they were conducting an investigation to determine what really caused the diarrhea outbreak, and stool samples from the victims were being subjected to laboratory examination."

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