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Two Cambodians Die After Eating U.N.-Distributed Food

Two Cambodians Die After Eating U.N.-Distributed Food

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Two Cambodian children in a refugee camp in eastern

Thailand died after eating food distributed to them by a United Nations relief agency,

a doctor said on Dec. 11.

More than 100 Cambodians at the Site 2 refugee camp, most of them children, suffered

from diarrhea Dec. 10 after eating canned fish distributed to them by the United

Nations border relief hospital in the border province of Prachinburi, 95 kilometers

(59 miles) east of Bangkok.

A spokesman for an international relief agency, speaking on condition of anonymity,

confirmed that the refugees had been struck ill by suspected food poisoning, and

said 20 had been hospitalized.

He said the two dead children, aged five and six, may have had the effects of food

poisoning exacerbated by the administration of traditional Cambodian medicine. The

two were the only victims who were found to have suffered neurological problems,

he said.

The U.N. organization has sought to take back unused containers of the canned fish,

but many were sold to nearby markets by the refugees. Samples of the suspect food

have been sent to Bangkok for testing.

The relief agency official said the canned fish had been purchased from local suppliers.

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