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Children dead after eating perishable chicken congee in Vietnam

Children dead after eating perishable chicken congee in Vietnam

Monday, May 10, 2021, 16:36 GMT+7
Children dead after eating perishable chicken congee in Vietnam
A monk performs a religious ritual at the funeral of five-year-old D.T.T. and nine-year-old D.L.T.N. in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam, May 10, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Han / Tuoi Tre

Two children have died allegedly from food poisoning after eating chicken congee left over from the previous night and a refrigerated can of soft drinks in Bac Lieu Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region.

On Monday, Nguyen Hung Thai, deputy director of the provincial Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, and his subordinates visited and offered their condolences to the family of Dang Thanh Tam, the 31-year-old father of the two deceased children.

The delegation of officials also presented VND2 million (US$87.43) in support to Tam’s family, who are struggling with economic hardship, with Tam working as a fisherman and his wife as a homemaker.

Previously, their two daughters, five-year-old D.T.T. and nine-year-old D.L.T.N., ate the chicken congee that had been cooked on Saturday and left out overnight at around 9:30 am on Sunday.

They also drank a can of soft drinks from their refrigerator during a meal.

T. and N. then exhibited signs of food poisoning and were rushed to Bac Lieu General Hospital for emergency care.

The two children could not make it and died at the hospital.

Authorities have conducted an autopsy to investigate the cause of their deaths.

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