CAIRO: The spokesperson for the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater Mohy el-Serafy denied drinking water caused the poisoning of 141 Sharqiah residents who were transferred to hospitals Friday morning.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 141 cases, but local media have reported as many as 310 have been affected.
Serafy said the quality of drinking water coming from Ibrahimiya water station in Sharqiah governorate was examined and results confirm it is “clean and not contaminated.”
He also added that the hospitalized residents use bottled water, and do not access water directly from taps.
The news of the hospitalized residents spread across the governorate, and speakers at mosques broadcast warning to citizens that they “not drink water,” Youm7 reported.
Sherif Makeen, undersecretary of health directorate in Sharqiah, said in press statements that the level of poisoning cases ranges from mild to moderate, adding that some of them left the hospital after receiving necessary treatment.
The cause of the poisoning is still under investigation by authorities.
Additional reporting by Fatheya el-Badry, Ahmed Hassan and Hamdy Abdel Azeem