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Salmonella strikes two Nago girls

Date Posted: 1999-04-24

Two young Nago City girls have contracted salmonella poisoning after eating squid snacks produced by a company in Aomori Prefecture, the Okinawa Prefectural Medicine and Sanitary Division announced Monday. The latest case brings to 137 the number of people nationwide who have been struck down with the potentially fatal sickness to April 19.

The girls, aged 5 and 12, still suffer from a slight fever, but have since returned to school. The girls' plight is not an isolated incident, as many other cases of salmonella poisoning were reported in March from people who ate the suspect snack food.

According to the Prefectural Medicine and Sanitary Division, the girls purchased 10 packs of squid snack at a store on April 11. After eating the snacks the following day, the girls complained of stomach aches, fever and bowel problems. On April 14, the girls' mother contacted the Northern Public Health Center, who diagnosed salmonella poisoning as a result of eating the snack food.

Attempts to pull the offending items from shop shelves is proving hard to accomplish, with one prefectural official saying it is extremely difficult to collect the offending snack food from all stores in Okinawa.

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