According to a report by China Economic Weekly on June 24, nearly 200 children at the “Jiedibao Wanke Golden Joy City Kindergarten” in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, suffered symptoms of food poisoning on June 17 and needed medical attention. Some remained hospitalized for a week.
As reported by Chinanews.com, a Lianhu District Education Bureau staff member said that the illness was initially determined to be caused by a salmonella infection but should await official confirmation.
According to Wang, a parent of one child, more than 200 children at Jiedibao Wanke Kindergarten developed different degrees of food poisoning. The symptoms were high fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In the most severe cases, blood in the stool and coma.
Another parent said that, since June 19, his daughter had diarrhea 7 times on the first day, 19 times on the second day, 12 times on the third day, and 11 times the next day. The girl feels very uncomfortable.
According to People’s Media, some parents in Xi’an reported that their children had a high fever of 39.8 degrees Celsius; some even reached 41 degrees Celsius. Kindergarten staff said that some children in different classes had symptoms of fever one after another. Relevant departments have come to conduct tests, but up to now, there have been no results.
Vision Times quoted a comment from a parent whose social media account is “beggars among beggars” as saying, “As one of the victims, I have been sleepless for three days and three nights, every half an hour my 4-year-old baby has diarrhea. Once, dozens of times a day and it’s all black water. As a parent, I feel heartbroken to see my child suffering like this. I sincerely hope the relevant units seriously consider the matter and give satisfactory answers to the victims.”
Another parent named Qian said, “I am also the parent of a victim. My child has a high fever every day, is vomiting and complaining of abdominal pain. I feel very sad indeed. I look forward to a serious investigation!”.
One parent with the nickname “Chenchen Dahai” said, “Jiedibao Wanke Kindergarten has a tuition fee of 30,000 yuan a year (nearly 4,500 dollars). In addition to tuition and meals, English fees are charged separately.”
According to The Paper, on the afternoon of June 22, when a reporter from Dahe Daily Henan called to ask the Education Department of Lianhu area, Xi’an, about the situation, one employee said that such an incident had happened, and another employee said that someone would reply later.
As of 5:00 p.m. on the same day, the Dahe Daily reporter still had not received a reply.
Staff from the Lianhu District Education Department entered the kindergarten on June 19. The disease control department conducted related tests, but the results have not been released.
Vision Times quoted Weibo users’ comments as saying, “kindergarten fee is so high, but parents still have to pay 10 yuan for the meals, as expected, now the bureaucracy is exposed”, “it’s scary, many children are suffering this,” “Save the children, (I am) helpless! No one spoke up, no one was responsible, and there was no way to complain!”, “I just want to cry, who will take care of it, poor kids, poor kids in school” “It’s irresponsible to children, those who cause this should be severely punished!”
A Weibo user also revealed: “Currently, more than 180 children have severe illnesses. They have high fever, nosebleeds, and blood in their stool. Their tests show they have Salmonella infection. The nursery did public relations and didn’t care about the children’s situations at all. Some children have been brought to the emergency room. Please pay attention!”