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YEKATERINBURG, October 7 (Itar-Tass) — All schools and kindergartens in Russia’s Sverdlovsk region (in the Urals) will be checked for the quality of food products used there. This is the governor’s instruction after nearly 50 kids from a kindergarten in the Sverdlovsk region were hospitalized with food poisoning.
The governor has assumed personal control over the situation, his information department reports. The incident took place in the town of Nevyansk on Thursday.
According to updated reports of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, 80 people were affected, including 77 children. Fifty-one people were hospitalized, including 48 children. According to the regional healthcare ministry, all of them had symptoms of an acute intestinal infection, supposedly of bacteriological etiology. Most children are in a moderately grave condition, while two children are in a grave condition.
According to the local investigative department, the preliminary version of mass poisoning is low-quality products. Suppliers of food have been established, and specialists have taken samples of food and drinks.
Preliminary inspections have revealed violations of sanitary-epidemiological legislation. The final conclusion will be made after the results of the probes are received.
A criminal case has been opened over the fact of mass poisoning. An emergency session was convened with participation of representatives of the regional healthcare ministry, agencies of the Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights watchdog, police and local administration.