After Bihar horror,scorpion in mid-day meal sickens 39 children in Odisha

After Bihar horror,scorpion in mid-day meal sickens 39 children in Odisha

A dead scorpion was found in the food,but that was after children's life was threatened.

Close on the heels of 23 children’s death in Bihar after eating mid-day-meal,at least 39 students today fell ill after consuming food,contaminated by a dead scorpion,served under the scheme at their school in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district,officials said.

Latika Behera (11),a class-V student of the Upper Primary School at Siaria Tailasahi in Dhenkanal area,while consuming the meal allegedly spotted the scorpion in the served potato-soya curry,they said.

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Soon,the children complained of uneasiness and started vomiting. They were rushed to the district headquarters hospital here. Thirty-six of them were discharged after preliminary treatment,while three,including two girls,are undergoing treatment,Dhenkanal Block Extension Officer Dhanjaya Mohapatra said.

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Altogether 39 of the 48 students,most of them tribals,had attended the school today and consumed the mid-day-meal,the officials said.

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