About 900 students at a school in northern Malaysia have fallen ill for suspected food poisoning, a local newspaper report on Saturday.
About 700 school girls and 200 boys at a school in Sungai Petani, a town in the state of Kedah, began to show symptoms of food poisoning early Saturday morning, including severe stomach cramps followed by diarrhea and vomiting, the Star newspaper reported.
More than 400 of them were brought to a local hospital in batches for treatment and five were hospitalized, the English- language newspaper said.
These students had a meal of nasi lemak, a popular rice dish in Malaysia, on Thursday evening at the school and hospital doctors said food poisoning was suspected.
Local health authorities said that they will check the food caterer at the school.