Do you know what happened in our town last week?
Last Sunday, some people from our community met at the
park to discuss an important issue about the city drinking water and later
had a picnic by the lake. Everybody, including the flies, had a good, good
time. It turned out that nearly everyone who was around during the picnic
had to be rushed to the hospital sometime during the next week.
The children had so much fun swimming and playing with
turtles and frogs. The food was enjoyed by most, even though it was left
out for some time without cooling. There were eggs, olives, ham, bread,
fish, beef slices with gravy and even some canned tuna. Fresh fish caught
that day at the lake was fried southern style and proved to be a popular
Later that night, John, Cindy and Mathew complained of nausea, vomiting,
abdominal cramps and diarrhea. In addition to those symptoms, Chris and
Pat suffered from double vision, paralysis and difficulty in breathing.
In the next two days, Morgan, Megan and Elaine suffered
from low grade fever, dehydration and bloody diarrhea. Muo was also diagnosed
with pus and mucus in his stool.
After five days, Kory complained of abdominal pain, diarrhea,
malaise, nausea and vomiting.
One week later, Macun, a seven year-old child, who was
visiting his uncle and swam in the lake, died. His main symptom was severe
headache. Janet, his aunt who is pregnant, also suffered from severe headache.