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Food Poisoning Case Reported at G-8 Summit Hotel

Date Posted: 1999-11-19

In the evening of Monday, November 15th, Okinawa Prefecture Public Health and Welfare Division officers announced that a food poisoning incident had been registered at the Busena Terrace Beach Resort, the hotel officially designated as the site of the 2000 G-8 Summit.

According to official sources, the food poisoning occurred on November 8th, and a total of 84 people suffered from it. Four of them were hospitalized for about five days following the incident. According to a Prefectural Public Health and Welfare Division inspection team, 181 tourists from Aichi Prefecture, and 42 customers taking part in a reunion party, had their meals at the Japanese restaurant in that hotel. 122 people out of these 223 customers had the same kind of meal at this restaurant. Later, some 84 of the 122 who ate that same meal suffered the alimentary attack.

Test results from a local medical institution and environmental health laboratory established that the cause of the food poisoning was salmonella contamination. However, they still cannot identify the source of the salmonella germs. They assume that the source might be fish eggs that were not well cooked. The Public Health Center, which has competency over the matter, decided to suspend that restaurantís for five days from November 17th.

This hotel was also designated to accommodate representatives of G-8 countries during the period of the Summit, not just as an official site for the event. As such, this food poisoning case is presently causing more than just mere worries within certain Summit quarters.

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