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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Food Poisoning Kills 8

KIEV () -- Eight homeless people, two of them children, died after eating contaminated food in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, officials at the ministry for emergencies said here Thursday.

Of nine people rushed to the Makeyevka city hospital with food poisoning Jan. 2 only one -- a 15-year-old girl -- had survived, and she was still in a critical condition, ministry spokesman Oleg Bykov said.

The victims -- a family and their friends -- fell ill after a birthday party, and Bykov said they had probably eaten contaminated food they found in a garbage can.

Doctors said they believed the victims had eaten food infected with botulism bacteria, Interfax reported.