Large scale food poisoning at religious event in Barpeta district, Assam state, India

Over 500 people who ate at a religious festival in the village of Nasattra in Barpeta district last week became very ill with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach ailments and dehydration. Three people died. Contaminated prasad is thought to be the cause, but the specific contaminant has not been identified yet.

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