|A doctor at the An Phước General Hospital is examining one of the tourist patients who are being treated for food poisoning at the hospital. - Photo vov.vn|Viet Nam News
BÌNH THUẬN – More than 70 tourists have needed emergency medical aid after being hospitalised with symptoms of food poisoning, local food safety authority reported.
The tourists, staying at a resort in Phan Thiết District, in the southern coastal province of Bình Thuận, on Tuesday complained of severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever.
They were immediately rushed to local health care centres for some initial emergency assistance.
Fifty of them were then moved to a private clinic while 20 others were hospitalised at the An Phước General Hospital.
Doctors at the clinic and hospital suspected the tourists were suffering from food poisoning and prescribed antibiotics, an infusion and injection for relief from the pain.
The number of victims are part of a vast group of 800 tourists, all of whom are employees of the Sài Gòn Good Joint Stock Company from HCM City.
They were under a contract with the Rồng Việt Travel Company for staying in different hotels and resorts near Hàm Tiến-Mũi Né Beach in Phan Thiết since last Sunday.
On Monday, they gathered to attend a gala dinner at the Sealink City Phan Thiết and suffered food poisoning at night and early morning the next day, the Voice of Việt Nam online paper reported.
Right after hearing about the case, the Bình Thuận Province’s Food Safety Department sent a team to the local clinic and hospital where the patients are being treated.
The department said the team was responsible for consulting, supervising and investigating the case.
The cause would be confirmed soon and reported to the department. – VNS