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Health Ministry confirms two 'laksa' deaths

Last update: 09/10/2018

ALOR SETAR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Health has confirmed 19 cases of food poisoning with two deaths following the eating of ‘laksa’ (spicy noodle soup) bought at a stall in Kupang, Baling.

Kedah Health Director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said today nine cases with two deaths were reported in Perak and 10 cases in Kedah.

The ministry was notified by the Gerik Hospital on Oct 6 of two cases of food poisoning with one death and subsequent investigation found seven more cases from one family whose members suffered from fever, diarrhoea and vomiting, he said in a statement.

“They were reported to have eaten the laksa at 9.30 pm on Oct 4. It was bought by the father of the dead person at a stall in Kupang, Baling, at 5.30 pm on the same day,” he said.

Dr Norhizan said that on Oct 7, two more cases of food poisoning were admitted to the Gerik Hospital, also after eating the laksa bought from the same stall on Oct 4. One of these patients was referred to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh but the person died at 2.31 pm on Oct 7, he added.....


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