Wonky food from a German school lunch has caused thousands of children to suffer from extreme bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Associated Press. German health officials are stating that, due to some dodgy food that made its way into school lunches and daycare snacks, between, 4,500 and 8,400 were sickened from consuming the vittles.
Presently, it’s unknown what, precisely, caused the outbreak of gastroenteritis, though German officials promise that a proper investigation into the matter is presently underway. After all, the last thing parents expect when they send their children to school is to have them return with a wicked case of the vomits.
Although officials aren’t sure which food is the culprit in the case, the Robert Koch Institute explained on Friday that it’s likely that the schools and daycare centers received their supply of tainted food from the same supplier. Efforts to identify the culprit is presently underway. Thankfully, health experts claim that most children suffering from gastroenteritis should recover within around two days.
According to the Business Standard, this isn’t the first outbreak of school lunch illness that has caused numerous children to become incredibly sick. Earlier this month, 90 students in China showed signs of food poisoning after consuming their lunch at a school in South China. As a result of their symptoms, which included vomiting, several kids were sent to an area hospital for treatment.
The Telegram reports that school lunches aren’t the only culprits when it comes to children getting sick from eating lunch. Health officials have stated that lunchboxes are a perfect breeding ground for all sorts of icky bacteria, stuff that can really upset a child’s digestive system. In an effort to keep these illnesses from spreading between students, health officials are attempting to teach kids the importance of washing your hands.
“It’s a cliché, but washing the hands is probably the most important thing that people can do in terms of protecting themselves from the spread of infection that we don’t have vaccines for in particular, but also for some of those viruses that we do have vaccines for, because, of course, vaccines are not 100 per cent,” explained Eastern Health associate medical officer Dr. Catherine Donovan.
Have you ever gotten sick from eating school lunch?