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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poisoning Hits Schools

TOKYO () -- Authorities in the western Japanese city of Sakai, near Osaka, shut down all its 92 public elementary schools through Wednesday after a food poisoning outbreak sickened 3,791 schoolchildren. It was the largest number of food poisoning cases in a single city in recent years in Japan, said Sakai city spokesman Takashi Tsuji.

The affected children from 53 elementary schools have suffered diarrhea and bloody stools, and 202 of them have been hospitalized since Friday night, but none of them were considered gravely ill, according to a city statement Monday.