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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bear Meat Poisons 61

MOSCOW -- Scores of people who ate tainted bear meat were hospitalized in the Siberian town of Zima, about 230 kilometers north of Irkutsk, Itar-Tass reported.

As many as 61 people, including 28 children, were being treated at hospitals after developing severe food poisoning, Itar-Tass said Sunday. Twelve of them were diagnosed with acute trichinosis.

According to regional health officials, an unlicensed hunter killed the bear and smoked the meat at his farm without submitting it for a veterinary examination, Itar-Tass said.