Midday meal horror in Odisha: 39 students fall ill after scorpion found in food

Jul 19, 2013

Dhenkanal, Odisha: Close on the heels of 23 children's death in Bihar after eating midday meal, at least 39 students on Friday fell ill after consuming food, contaminated by a dead scorpion. The food was part of the midday meal scheme at their school in Odisha's Dhenkanal district, officials said.

Latika Behera (11), a class-V student of the Upper Primary School at Siaria Tailasahi in Dhenkanal area, while consuming the meal allegedly spotted the scorpion in the served potato-soya curry, they said.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Soon, the children complained of uneasiness and started vomiting. They were rushed to the district headquarters hospital here. Thirty-six of them were discharged after preliminary treatment, while three, including two girls, are undergoing treatment, Dhenkanal Block Extension Officer Dhanjaya Mohapatra said.

Altogether 39 of the 48 students, most of them tribals, had attended the school today and consumed the midday meal, the officials said.


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