Nelspruit – A one-year-old infant lost his life after showing symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pains at Jeeppes Reef on Saturday, February 11.
According to South African Police Service spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, information revealed that the infant’s entire family had been admitted to a hospital after showing the same symptoms that caused the infant to lose his life.
“A family of five members were admitted at Shongwe hospital after they all showed the same symptoms. Four children, a girl aged four, two boys aged six and seven and the deceased are staying with their 23-year-old aunt,” Mohlala said in a statement.
Mohlala said that the family members suddenly fell sick after a meal.
“Their aunt was treated and discharged from hospital on the same day and the other three children are still receiving medical attention in hospital.”
He said that the cause of death and infection remained unknown at this point, “but after post-mortem is conducted and samples from the survivors are taken, the real cause of death and infection would be revealed”.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela urged families must be cautious when it came to the food that they consumed at home and take note of expiry dates.
Compiled by Junaid Benjamin