296,000 hit by Chinese milk poisoning
Chinese authorities confirmed that a total of 296,000 children had fallen ill
from consuming dairy products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.
This is 2,000 more than the previous official count.
The health ministry also told reporters at a briefing that a total of 52,898
babies had been treated in hospital for kidney problems caused by the toxic
ingredient. Of these, 52,582 had been discharged.
Earlier ministry data
also showed six deaths had been linked to melamine.
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