ILOILO CITY: The Department of Health regional (DOH) is gathering food samples from a wedding banquet held in Barangay Gugo, Estancia in northern Iloilo after at least 101 persons, including 54 children showed symptoms of food poisoning.
Dr. Glen Alonsabe, DOH epidemiologist, said they wanted to fast track the examination of the food samples, which will be sent to a laboratory in Manila.
According to reports, the wedding reception, hosted by a British national and a native of Estancia, was held on Saturday August 8, 2015.
The newlyweds were among the victims who complained of dizziness, some vomited and had diarrhea after eating food at the reception such as chicken curry and afritada.
The victims were initially brought to the Jesus Colmenares District Hospital in nearby Banate town on Sunday, August 9. Only four minors were admitted for further medical attention.
In southern Philippines, two families from different towns in North Cotabato fell ill after eating allegedly contaminated pastil, which is a dish of steamed rice and minced chicken wrapped in banana leaves.
A family of five complained of stomach pain and vomiting after eating pastil they bought from a cafeteria in Kabacan town, North Cotabato.
Senior Insp. Sindatu Karim, Pikit police chief, did not name the family but added that four other people suffered from food poisoning and were brought to the Cruzado Medical Clinic in Barangay Poblacion in Pikit town also in Sulu.
The police reported that the Panuga family were rushed to the clinic after complaining of severe stomach pain. Citing a statement from the victims, Karim said they consumed rice bought by a relative from the town public market.
The police said investigation was still on going and the town health office conducted laboratory tests on samples taken from the victims.