47 festival attendees suspected of being poisoned after consuming bread and dumplings

Food Poisoning at Ong Bon Festival in Lai Thieu: Investigation Continues as 42 People Remain Hospitalized

At the Ong Bon Festival in Lai Thieu, many attendees fell ill after eating free bread and dumplings provided by a charity group. The festival took place on April 3 in Lai Thieu ward, Thuan An city, where participants were given bread and dumplings to enjoy. However, after consuming these items, many people began feeling unwell, with symptoms such as stomachaches, vomiting, dizziness, and fatigue.

A total of 47 people were hospitalized due to food poisoning, mostly young participants from the lion and dragon groups serving at the festival. While 5 individuals with mild symptoms have been discharged, 42 others remain in the hospital for monitoring. Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the incident and have taken samples of the food for testing.

The Ong Bon Pagoda Festival is a traditional Chinese event held annually in Binh Duong to honor ancestors of pottery on the 25th day of the lunar calendar. The festival features various rituals, processions, performances, and activities such as lion and dragon dancing. Ong Bon is rotated among temples each year according to Chinese customs, leading to a festival every four years.

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