Death toll in Kyrgyz restaurant mass poisoning reaches 173
By Newsdesk with agency report
The number of victims of mass poisoning in a restaurant in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, has reached 173, the press service of the country’s Ministry of Health reported Monday.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health, 150 people from Bishkek and 23 in other regions of the republic applied to the Republican Infectious Disease Hospital for medical treatment after a wedding at the Ala-Too restaurant with signs of food poisoning.
Of the 150 people, 100 were hospitalized, including 19 children.
“The State Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision Center conducted an unscheduled inspection at the Ala-Too restaurant with a survey of the restaurant’s attendants and the sampling of food products,” said the report.
“The results of laboratory studies indicating the cause of mass poisoning will be known within three days. According to preliminary data, the first suspicion of specialists was caused by a fried chicken,” the report added.
The law enforcement agencies of the country has opened a criminal case into the mass poisoning. The Ala-Too restaurant has been closed.
The Bishkek sanitary and epidemiological supervision center said that the poisoning occurred on March 30 at the restaurant and a total of 173 people went for medical treatment after a mass poisoning
According to officials, 192 people attended a wedding party’s banquet, and around 100 people were hospitalized. Law enforcement agencies have reportedly launched a criminal investigation into the mass poisoning at the wedding party.
The entertainment center, where the wedding party took place, was closed for examination following the incident.