A Food Poisoning Incident in Tainan City High School Students

T Chi

2001 Vol.17 NO.1

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On November 7, 1999, the Center for Disease Control of the Department of Health was informed by the National Cheng Kung University Hospital about four suspected AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) cases. They were students from the same high school who all developed symptoms simultaneously and this thus could be considered to be a clustering of cases in terms of time and place. In order to evaluate the nature of the incident for the purpose of disease prevention, the Center for Disease Control dispatched a team on November 8 to investigate. After interviewing the individuals concerned and their physicians, it was suspected that the incident was a case of food poisoning caused by the school lunch the students ate on November 6.