Doctors in the southern city of Can Tho said Tuesday noon that 19 of the 34 preschoolers admitted to a local hospital the previous night with food poisoning are in a special ward and face a severe threat of septicemia.
The 15 others, who improved after hours of treatment, were discharged that morning, a doctor at the Can Tho Children’s Hospital said.
The children, students of the city’s Sao Mai kindergarten, were hospitalized one after another since Monday night with symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and high fever.
Dang Thi Hong Trang, 36, whose son was admitted Tuesday morning, said a teacher named Trang had called Monday afternoon to inform that her son was vomiting and told her to take him home earlier than usual.
“My son kept vomiting during the night. Then he got high fever this morning and we took him to the hospital,” Trang said.
“Here we learnt there were many of his schoolmates receiving treatment for the same illness.”
The children, most of them six years old, showed signs of food poisoning after having their afternoon snack with sweet bread. They had earlier had lunch of rice, boiled eggs, and pumpkin soup.
Inspectors from the city health department are investigating the cause.
But doctors surmise that the sweet bread may have been bacteria contaminated and caused the sickness.