Philippines (July 4, 2019) – A symptoms of poison contracted 261 people who attended the 90th birthday of Imelda Marcos, the first lady of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, after eating foods with bacteria known as staphylococcus aureus in the celebration held on Wednesday at Ynares Sports Complex, Pasig City in the Philippines, says Philippine health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
100 affected people were admitted to Medical City hospital; 47 in Rizal Medical Center; Victor Patoenciano Hospital, 23; Pasig City General Hospital, 40; Cardinal Santos Medical Center, 20; Tri-City Medical Center Ospital rg. Makati, 20; Mandaluyong Medical Center, 5; and 6 confined in Amang Rodriguez Medical Center.
Rizal Medical Center Dr. Primo Valenzuela says the bacteria staphylococcus emanate from dirty foods packed chicken adobo, boiled egg, and rice with bottle of water that are served by chef without sanitation to over 2,500 guests. He said, “those who prepared the food did not clean their hands or the food was not stored in an area with the correct temperature.”
The laboratory findings based on rectal swabs, sufferers initially been tested positive to the bacteria staphylococcus usually found on the skin. Duque said that rotten egg could have also caused abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhea.
Despite the controversies surrounded Marcos family, former Philippine senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has apologized to the public and pledged to shoulder hospital bills for the sufferers; following by lawyer Larry Gadon who has claimed that the incidence does not connected with the chef who suspected to be the culprit.
News broke out on Wednesday that the incident was an addition to Mrs. Marcos, who was subjected to “guilty of crimes” hiding an amount of $5 to $10 billion of wealth reportedly heisted from the Philippine government during she is the country’s first lady from 1965 to 1986. She had 7 counts of corruption in 2018 for allegedly making illegal bank transfers worth $200 million to the Swiss Foundation when she was a governor in Manila in 1970s.
After his talk with Mrs. Marcos in 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said that she is willing to return some amount of money to the government treasury following that she did not admit to be guilty of crimes despite of public protests.
Within 48-hour hydration and vaccination treatment to patients, Duque says that many have discharged from hospitals, among them was 70 year-old Amelita Abulencia who has no plan to file a complaint against the organizer. Other 7 infected people remain confined in Pasig City General Hospital, said Duque.