BISHKEK, July 23 (Itar-Tass) — More than 100 workers of the gold-producing Kumtor Operating Company in Kyrgyzstan have got food poisoning, the company told Itar-Tass.Kumtor is engaged in gold mining in a filed in the Issyk-Kul region.
“The number of persons affected by poisoning is to be specified,” Kumtor representatives said. “The work at the mine is rotational - some workers come, others go.”
Meanwhile, according to local media, a total of about 170 people were poisoned, nearly half of which were hospitalised.
“According to preliminary data, the cause of the poisoning could be fruits or eggs,” the company believes.
Mostly citizens of Kyrgyzstan work at the gold mine, but there are also foreigners among the personnel. The Kumtor joint Kyrgyz-Canadian enterprise accounts for a substantial part of the republic’s GDP.