A total of 20 people, including five children, were
hospitalised for food poisoning after they consumed prasadam distributed at the
Marakaneeswara temple in Maducarai on Mahasivarathri on Tuesday.
According to sources, tamarind rice, lemon rice, curd rice
and sweet pongal were distributed at the temple on the special occasion. Dr
Kumaravelu, Deputy Director Public Health said that several devotees developed
diarrhoea and vomiting and were rushed to the Primary Health centre in
Maducarai in the wee hours. Several others panicked and rushed to the PHC.
Around 100 persons suffered food poisoning, 20 of them
affected severely. The affected were referred to the Indira Gandhi Government
General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute (IGGGH&PGI).
V Deivasigamany, Superintendent of Police said that the
exact reason for the food poisoning is yet to be known. Also, there is no
sample available for chemical analysis as the leftover food was disposed off.
The officer added that the delay in distribution of the food
or the utensil in which it was stored could have led to chemical changes.