Published: 2021-10-12 18:08
Last Updated: 2021-10-17 19:02
Tuesday, the Director of Jerash Governmental Hospital, Sadiq Al-Atoum, said that the number of suspected cases of poisoning in Jerash has risen to 43.
In a phone call with Roya, Atoum said that all cases are in stable condition.
He noted that teams from the Ministry of Health are currently collecting samples from the Jubbah area in Jerash.
Atoum added that the water desalination plant was closed as a precautionary measure, noting that "until now [they] have not reached the source of the mass infection."
Monday evening, 15 cases were suspected to have been poisoned.
The Director of Communicable Diseases, Ali Zitawi, said that all of the patients are under the age of 12 and suffered from the same symptoms: abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.
He noted that those still hospitalized are in good condition and will be discharged in the morning.
Preliminary results indicate that the cause of the poisoning might be drinking water, as all patients drank from water bottles that originated from the same source.
According to Zitawi, there is a possibility that the well that supplies the plant with water is contaminated.