10 days after a large number of food poisoning patients in an kindergarten in Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, the Ministry of Education held the first meeting of related ministries and apologized for the group food poisoning accident.

Criticism is accusing the Ministry of Education's response when the number of children receiving dialysis treatment due to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS, also known as hamburger disease) has already occurred.

The Ministry of Education today (26th) held a video conference with the Ministry of Food and Drug Administration, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the Provincial Office of Education and the Ministry of Food and Drug Administration and the Ministry of Food and Drug Administration to strengthen the prevention and management of intestinal hemorrhagic E. coli infection.

At the meeting, Seok-Hwan Oh, Director of Education and Welfare Policy, was attended by the Ministry of Education, and other departments were in charge.

In the remarks of all the meetings, Oh said, "In the uncertain situation when the infectious disease crisis will end with Corona 19, the health and safety of children are threatened by another infectious disease." .

He promised to strengthen the preventive care system by apologizing for "I'm sorry for children who will have a hard time in the hospital above all else".

A kindergarten in Ansan has had many children with food poisoning symptoms since the 16th.

The intestinal hemorrhagic E. coli test conducted by health officials to 295 people including native students, family members, and school staff has been evaluated as 49, and 99 are waiting for the test results.

The remaining 147 are spoken.

In particular, 15 children have hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of intestinal hemorrhagic E. coli, and 5 of them are receiving dialysis treatment due to poor kidney function.

If you have this disease, you may need to rely on dialysis treatment for life.

The kindergarten in question was ordered to close from the 19th to the 30th of this month.

In particular, during the epidemiological investigation process, it was confirmed that six preservation meals, such as royal rice cakes, were not properly stored.

The preservation diet means that food facilities are obliged to store food for 144 hours in preparation for food poisoning.

Health authorities are currently analyzing epidemiological investigations to analyze the cause of intestinal hemorrhagic E. coli, an infectious disease, and to block further infections.

A parent with a kindergarten student criticized, "It is terrible and furious that children who go to kindergarten can get these diseases in groups."

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