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SAN JOSE, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine doctors said Saturday they suspected pesticide contamination as the possible cause of food poisoning that killed dozens of children in a remote village.
Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit said test results that could show the cause of death of 27 school children on the central Bohol island will be announced on Monday as government toxicologists ran more tests on food, blood and vomit samples.
"Our working diagnosis was organophosphate poisoning," Harold Gallego, the chief doctor in the Mabini town hospital told Reuters. "Most children brought here responded to atropine phosphate, an antidote for pesticide poisoning."
Manila Suspects Pesticide Poisoning Behind Deaths