9 confined, 15 others examined in Angeles hospitals due to food poisoning

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Angeles City (CNN Philippines) — The City Health Office (CHO) of Angeles said an examination showed that nine victims of food poisoning are now confined in the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC).

According to Dr. Lenario Santos, the city’s health officer, two formal complaints were brought to their office yesterday (August 6) claiming that two individuals were hospitalized after eating at Yakimix Restaurant in Marquee Mall in the city.

Santos, along with the experts from the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, conducted an investigation at the said hospital and found out that seven other individuals are confined with the same cases.

The results of the examinations showed amoeba, most probably caused by water contamination, Santos said.

He, however, explained that they will be waiting for the official results of the examination from the DOH.

Santos also disclosed that aside from the nine individuals who are confined in the AUFMC, there are still 15 others who are admitted in different hospitals in the region who reportedly ate at the same restaurant from August 1 to 4.

Three victims are now confined in Angeles Medical Center, one in Ospital Ning Angeles, one in Sacred Heart Hospital, one in St. Raphael in Mabalacat City, five in Macabali Hospital in the city of San Fernando, one in Porac and three others in Malolos, Bulacan.

Santos said they will visit all the victims to conduct proper examinations. He also ordered the staff and workers of the Yakimix Angeles branch to undergo examination.

Meanwhile, personnel from DOH conducted water sample testing in the said restaurant earlier today.

As of this posting, the management of Yakimix and Marquee Mall have refused to give a statement on the issue and said they will also be conducting their own investigation.

Temporary closure

After the food poisoning incident, the management of Yakimix in Angeles City released a statement saying they are following the safety and sanitation standards set by the health authorities.

They added that the alleged food poisoning is now under investigation, but the cause of the incident has yet to be determined.

The management said they will be providing necessary assistance to all victims for their fast recovery.

Meanwhile, the City Health Office of Angeles ordered a temporary closure on the restaurant as the DOH continues to conduct examinations.