Egyptian Students Protest After Hundreds Contract Food Poisoning

Hundreds of Egyptian students on Tuesday protested an outbreak of food poisoning this week at al-Azhar University that sent roughly 500 students to the hospital. The outbreak occurred after a meal served at the university’s dormitories in the Nasr City district of Cairo.

Underlining the gravity of the incident, Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered an investigation into the outbreak and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi visited one of the several Cairo hospitals to which victims were taken.

Food poisoning is not uncommon in Egyptian university dormitories, where basic hygiene standards are often not observed, but the latest outbreak is the biggest in years.

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