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6 Malawian family members die of suspected food poisoning

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Six family members have died while four are in hospital in Malawi’s border district of Ntcheu due to what the police suspect to be food poisoning.

Police spokesperson for the district, Hastings Chigalu, confirmed the development to the local media Wednesday saying among the dead are 10-year-old twins and a 3-year-old.

Chigalu said four members of the family died on Tuesday morning while the other two died in the early hours of Wednesday.

The police spokesperson said it all began on January 13 when the family members reportedly started vomiting heavily and they were rushed to hospital where four members, a 40-year-old father, the twins and a 14-year-old boy died while receiving treatment on Tuesday.

“Two other two family members, 3-year-old girl and 40-year-old mother died Wednesday morning while at least four other members are still receiving treatment at the district’s hospital with a two-year old girl in a critical condition,” said the police spokesperson.

According to the police publicist, the source of the suspected food poisoning is yet to be established.

Cases of food poisoning are common in Malawi especially in lean periods when most food insecure families resort to eating wild yams, some of which tend to be poisonous.

The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment in December estimated that over 1.8 million people in Malawi will not be able to meet their food requirement in the 2019/2020 growing year. Enditem

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