Hundreds taken ill after Sri Lanka wedding


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Many guests will regret accepting their invitation after 427 people were hospitalised for food poisoning after a wedding reception in Sri Lanka.

Ajith Rohana, a police spokesman, said 168 men, 166 women and 93 children suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea were admitted to a hospital.

They had eaten a meal at a wedding in the town of Vavunativu on Sunday night.

Mr Rohana said police and health officials were investigating the cause of the outbreak.

Most food poisoning reported in Sri Lanka is due to unhygienic preparation or expired food.

The vast majority of victims are workers in garment factories and schoolchildren.