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Odisha food poisoning case: toll rises to three


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, Oct 6:

With the death of another family member at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital here, the toll in the suspected food poisoning incident at Rajapur village in Odisha’s Ganjam district rose to three today.

According to hospital sources Mini, the 23 year-old daughter of Kameswar Gouda, succumbed to her illness today.

Kameswar, who had also consumed the poisonous ‘pitha’ (pancake) along with his three children, is battling for his life at the medical college here, the sources added.

On Saturday, Sunita (11) and Rohit (8), the daughter and son respectively of Kameswar, had died at medical college, here.

The family members experienced acute stomach pain and vomiting after allegedly consuming “chakuli pitha” (pancake) prepared at their home on the occasion of Dasahara celebrations on Friday night.

They were rushed to the sub divisional hospital at Chhatrapur and were later shifted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital here.

Since the exact reason for his illness is not known, Kameswar has been kept under supportive treatment by a team of doctors at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, said A K Behera, superintendent, MKCG Medical College and Hospital. “His condition is stable,” he added.

The team of doctors, however, kept their opinion reserved on the cause of death of the siblings.