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Rat poison blamed for banquet accident in Hubei
2005-07-23 07:21:42 XinhuaEnglish

Wuhan, July 23(Xinhua)net-- The illegal rat poison"Dushuqiang" was responsible for an accident which poisoned 37 people Friday incentral China's Hubei Province, announced local police Saturday.

Thirty seven people were poisoned, and seven of them died after they had a banquet on Friday noon in a village in Xiaogan city of central China's Hubei Province.

The banquet was given by villager Chi Du'an in Chimiao village. According to local customs, the banquet was for paying tribute to the mother of Chi on the seventh day after her death.

Chi invited friends and relatives, the oldest at 77 and the youngest only one two years and half, and all of them showed symptoms of poisoning when having the third course.

The local government sent a team for the rescue work, and all the 37 poisoned people were sent to hospitals.

Local police found that"Dushuqiang" was the cause. China has controlled the powerful rat poison, which was once widely used buthas been banned as too toxic for general use.

Further investigation is underway, and all the poisoned are hospitalized. Enditem

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