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Clinical signs of botulism have been observed in children.

At a briefing at the Agency for Information and Mass Communications under the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the participation of the press service of the Ministry of Preschool Education Mavluda Askarhojaeva reported on the poisoning in kindergartens in Mirabad district of Tashkent and Akkurgan district of Tashkent region. According to him, on August 26 this year, 6 children from preschool No. 64 and 2 children from preschool No. 247 in Mirabad district of Tashkent were hospitalized with symptoms of acute intestinal infection. On August 31, the pupils’ condition returned to normal and they were released.

An investigation is currently underway. Additional information will be provided based on the results of the study and laboratory responses.

Also, on August 5-10 this year, 32 children from preschool No. 5 in Akkurgan district of Tashkent region were hospitalized with symptoms of intoxication.

According to experts, clinical signs of botulism have been observed in children. To date, all children have been medically examined at their place of residence and allowed to return home from the hospital.

A criminal case has been opened and an investigation is under way. Upon completion of the investigation, information will be provided and appropriate action will be taken against those responsible.


Mohigul Qosimova, UzA

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