Officials claim ‘mass hysteria’

70 workers fall sick after drinking water inside CEPZ factory

Our Correspondent . Chittagong

At least 70 apparel workers at Chittagong Export Processing Zone fell sick, coming down with vomit and dizziness, after drinking water from inside the factory in which they work, Saturday morning.
At least 20 of the workers were hospitalised while the rest were given primary treatment from Bepza hospital. The incident took place at 8:00 am in the morning at Peninsula Garments owned by retired major Abdul Mannan.
Police, quoting physicians, said the incident could have been triggered by a psychological reaction to panic, after the first two workers had fallen sick.
The officer-in-charge of EPZ police station Abul Mansur, however, said the water supply line appeared to contain unhygienic elements that could have also lead to the illness of the workers.
Ahsan Habib, general manager of CEPZ told New Age that the situation resembled a ‘mass hysteria’ as all workers recovered very soon after primary treatment.
He said they had collected samples from the three water supply lines of the factory and sent it to a laboratory for testing.

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