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621 inmates suffer food poisoning at Kyoto Prison

KYOTO -- A total of 621 inmates recently suffered food poisoning at Kyoto Prison, the municipal government announced on July 4.

    Although the exact cause was not identified, the city declared the outbreak a case of mass food poisoning, and banned the use of food facilities at the prison for three days.

    Men from the ages of 26 to 76 suffered symptoms such as diarrhea and stomachaches from the morning of June 28 after food was cooked in the kitchen by 24 inmates. A total of 1,132 inmates and others had meals made at the kitchen at the time.

    (Japanese original by Yusuke Kaite, Kyoto Bureau)

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