Tourism News

Tourism News Phuketwan Tourism News
facebook recommendations

NEWS ALERTS

Sign up now for our News Alert emails and the latest breaking news plus new features.

Click to subscribe

Existing subscribers can unsubscribe here

RSS FEEDS

Children in Vachira Hospital today after a sickness scare

Sickness Scare: Phuket Schools Ban Milk Boxes

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday Update

Distribution of boxed long-life milk has been suspended at seven tessasan primary schools on Phuket from Friday awaiting results of tests on samples from Piboonsawaddee Primary

Earlier Report: Photo Album Above

AN APPARENT outbreak of food poisoning put 12 young students from a Phuket primary school in hospital today.

Seventeen children complained of feeling sick after an early morning snack break during which they drank school-supplied milk.

The first children were taken to hospital around 9.30am.

Twelve were admitted to Vachira Hospital in Phuket City, where they were accommodated in beds and on temporary stretchers.

Doctors at the hospital expected to discharge 11 of the students late this afternoon and will keep one boy in overnight for observation.

Samples of the milk that the children were drinking during their snack break will be carefully checked by Public Health researchers.

All 17 students from Piboonsawaddee Primary School, not far from Provincial Hall in Phuket City, complained of stomach ache to teachers.

One of the students said he drank the long-life boxed milk as usual, then felt a stomach ache, and his friend felt the same.

A teacher said he thought the outbreak of illness was caused by the milk.

Mayor Somjai Suwansupana, of the Phuket City Municipality, which oversees the school, said the use-by date on the milk was not due to expire until November, and others, early next year.

She said the children had been supplied with the boxed long-life milk every school day since April.

There were 216 children in Grades 5 and 6 at the school and they all drank the same milk, but only one in five felt sick. Some were not sick enough to be taken to hospital.

Most of the other children in the school drank fresh milk.

''We will be waiting to hear the results from the Public Health checks,'' she said.

Phuketwan Latest News

Phuket Drownings: Warn Guests, Resorts Told
Latest Phuket's Governor tells the British Ambassador that beach safety is being improved after a spate of drownings. But the ambassador wants more action from the island's resorts, too.
Phuket Drownings: Warn Guests, Resorts Told

Phuket R&R for Bulwark in War With Sprouts
Tour the Ship Popeye the sailor may love spinach but the captain of the British warship Bulwark, freshly arrived on Phuket, hates Brussels sprouts and won't let them on board his vessel.
Phuket R&R for Bulwark in War With Sprouts

Phuket Fake IDs Arrest, Rohingya Link to Terror
People Trafficking Raids in Phuket and elsewhere net a man accused of faking IDs for Burmese illegals and three Rohingyas, one accused of having links to September 11 2001 terrorism in the US.
Phuket Fake IDs Arrest, Rohingya Link to Terror

Phuket Governor Treks to China for Tourists
Airlines Latest Arrivals and departures at Phuket airport show another downturn as the island's governor plans a trip to China to revive tourist numbers.
Phuket Governor Treks to China for Tourists

Big Phuket Asia Summit a Prize for Five-Stars
Cash Flow Bonus Resorts in the north of Phuket will share the benefits of a 2000 person influx of guests for an important international summit in July, it has been revealed.
Big Phuket Asia Summit a Prize for Five-Stars

Help! Secretary of State Clinton to Visit Phuket
Phuket Celebrity Husband and former President Bill helped tourism recover after the tsunami. Now next month, Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, is set to visit Phuket.
Help! Secretary of State Clinton to Visit Phuket

Latest: Phuket Crime Surge Sparks Public Protest
Crime Wave People on Phuket are protesting in public at a surge in crime. The island's police chief admits it is going to be difficult to control. He just doesn't have enough officers.
Latest: Phuket Crime Surge Sparks Public Protest

Recent Phuketwan MediaWATCH

MediaWATCH: Clinton Blasts 'Modern Slavery'
News Digest Hillary Clinton is coming to Phuket. The key issue: people trafficking; Rohingya arrested; stopping unwanted cellphone messages; world's worst airline food; H1N1 scan call.
MediaWATCH: Clinton Blasts 'Modern Slavery'

Comments

Comments have been disabled for this article.

gravatar

When will governments de-couple themselves of the fallacy milk is good for you? Sure, milk was needed at one time when food sources were scarce.

Now it is contributing to obesity, among other problems AND the production is wasteful and environmentally damaging. Stop the madness!

Give the kids water, it's what they need ( make sure there's no lead in it first, though)

Posted by Nutritionalist on June 19, 2009 08:30

gravatar

What brand of milk? Sourced/bought where?

Editor: Awaiting official word on the cause of the problem.

Posted by Phuket Parent on June 19, 2009 10:55


Tuesday October 27, 2020
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa

FOLLOW PHUKETWAN

Facebook Twitter