• 2 more farm workers downed by suspected food poisoning in North Cotabato

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    MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato: Two more farm workers were hospitalized due to suspected food poisoning after complaining of stomach pain and nausea, health authorities said.

    The two, according to Dr Manuel Rabara, chief of Dr. Amado Diaz Hospital, said the two were among the 21 farm workers who were hired to harvest palay in nearby Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on Monday.

    Earlier, farm workers from a remote village here have been hospitalized after complaining of severe stomach pain and vomiting in what medical experts said could be a case of food poisoning.

    Rabara said the health condition of nine male farm workers have been improving.

    Rabara said health workers believed the spoiled noodles triggered the poisoning since all those in the hospital have taken the noodles while those who did not remained healthy.

    The 21 farm workers from Barangay Katinggawan, Midsayap, North Cotabato went to Barangay Tubon, Pigcawayan, also in North Cotabato on Monday to harvest palay for a fee.

    After taking breakfast, nine of the 21 male harvesters complained of excruciating stomach pain and some have vomited. Others complained of loose bowel movement.

    Rabara identified them as Peter John Cadungog, 20; Roel Cueno, 28; Rolando Cedeno, 46; Vincent John Bingil, 18; Bryan Libosada, 28; Ronnie Cabanyog, Sr. 44; Francis Bingil, 47; Joseph Bingil, 34 and Jayson Arco, 16.

    They remained in the hospital.

    Rabara said the victims may have taken a spoiled food or food that was contaminated with bacteria. But laboratory showed no traces of bacteria.

    “Sadly, we could not examine the noodles since no samples were available,” Rabara said.

    Ronnie Cabanog, one of the victims, claimed the nine victims ate noodles in their breakfast.

    “Had we know it could give us this pain, we would have not taken it,” Cabanog said from his hospital bed.

    Rabara also believed the pancit was the culprit since 9 of their companions who did not eat pancit have not suffered stomach pain.

    The two new patients were taking care of their hospitalized companions when at past 10 a.m. Tuesday, they felt dizzines and loose bowel movement.

    Immediately, hospital staff provided them with dextrose to prevent dehydration.

    Rabara said as of Wednesday morning,the condition of nine patients have been improving. PNA

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