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At least 9 individuals have died and dozens grew to become in poor health after consuming contaminated meals at a funeral within the Peruvian Andes, authorities mentioned on Tuesday.

The meals appeared to have contained organophosphates, a household of chemical compounds utilized in pesticides, Health Minister Silvia Pessah mentioned on native broadcaster RPP.

Public prosecutors have taken samples of meals and drinks served on the funeral for testing, the lawyer basic’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.

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Out of the 50 individuals sickened on the funeral within the village of San Jose de Ushua on Monday, 9 have died and a number of other had been in important situation, Peru‘s civil protection company Indeci mentioned on its web site.

Earlier, Indeci tweeted that 10 had died, however the tweet appeared to have been eliminated.

Indeci mentioned that sufferers had been being evacuated from a rural hospital in Ayacucho, a southern Andean area that’s house to indigenous Quechua-speaking farmers.

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Pessah mentioned there have been two incidents of organophosphate poisoning in the identical area in latest months.

In 2013, 23 Indian faculty kids died after consuming meals contaminated with the pesticide monocrotophos, a substance that belongs to the organophosphate household.

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