Last Spring in Cairo, hundreds of Al-Azhar University students were stricken with food poisoning due to salmonella tainted food served at the university dormitory. The outbreak prompted protests by students and the firing of the university principal.
Now the Upper Egypt Assiut Health Ministry is announcing another food borne illness outbreak at Al-Azhar University Assuit campus. According to an Ahram Online report, a total of 150 students have been diagnosed with food poisoning at the girl’s dormitory.
The governor has ordered an investigation into the incident.
The main source of food involved in these outbreaks is the badly stored and cooked meals distributed to the poor sector of university students as cheap and subsidized food by these universities. In most cases the attorney general will open a criminal investigation that will be closed without knowing the microbiological cause of these outbreaks, according to a ProMed Mali moderator.