At least 10 people have died and dozens fell ill after eating contaminated food at a funeral in the Peruvian Andes, authorities said on August 7.
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The food appears to have contained organophosphates, a family of chemicals used in pesticides, Health Minister Silvia Pessah said on local broadcaster RPP.
Authorities were evacuating patients from a rural hospital in Ayacucho, a southern Andean region home to indigenous Quechua-speaking farmers.
Autopsies will confirm the cause of the deaths, the head of Peru’s civil defense agency, Jorge Chavez said on RPP.
Pessah said there have been two incidents of organophosphate poisoning in the same region in recent months.
Abel Salinas, a former health minister, said on RPP that the tragedy was a reminder that pesticide containers should never be reused in food preparation.