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Doctors identify fruit linked to children's deaths

Update: August, 06/2014 - 15:00
The doctors identified the fruit as Hong Trau (scientific name Capparis versicolor) which has pink seeds.— Photo Vnexpress

CAO BANG (VNS) — Doctors from the Viet Nam Military Medical Academy 103 yesterday identified the fruit that apparently caused the deaths of three children on August 1.

The doctors identified the fruit as Hong Trau (scientific name Capparis versicolor) which has pink seeds.

They said that they were testing the fruit on animals. The type of plant toxin in the fruit that caused the children's deaths is yet to be identified.

On August 1, a group of H'Mong children from Xuan Truong Commune, Bao Loc District, Cao Bang picked up the fruit in a forest and ate it.

All these children reportedly developed symptoms such as stomachache, nausea and diarrhea and three of them died the same day.

The Health Ministry has asked the health officials in Cao Bang Province to closely monitor the case for drawing final conclusions. — VNS

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