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40 fall ill due to stale food

Forty persons, including some scientists, fell ill on Wednesday after consuming eatables from a food court at the Indian Science Congress venue at Annamalai University here.

They started vomiting last night and were taken to a local hospital where they were diagnosed  with food poisoning. Three persons had to be admitted while others were discharged after medication.

Meanwhile, chaos prevailed at the science congress as many delegates and mediapersons could not find any accommodation.

Journalists, too, could not find the person in charge of media and were told at midnight that there were a couple of rooms available for the media but without any bedding. All hotel rooms and lodges in the town have already been booked. They had no other option but to brave the winter chill and wait for the dawn.

Over 5,000 delegates from various parts of the country and abroad are attending the congress. Many delegates have come along with their families. They had to seek accommodation in towns far away, which were far below their living standards.

"I have attended several national and international science congress sessions but have not seen this kind of chaos ever," said a woman delegate from the Department of Space.

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