Speculation is now rife regarding the mysterious incident that saw 6 people collapse in Wetton Street on Monday in what is believed to be a case of poisoning.
A police source that spoke to the Cape Times has revealed that the police suspect that the 6 people who collapsed in Wetton on Monday and were rushed to the hospital, were probably victims of alcohol poisoning.
According to Cape Times, the police source said:
“An inquest was opened, the victims are recovering at hospital and are expected to be discharged. The victims claimed they were given a mix of different alcohol types to drink. Doctors also confirmed that it was not poison but alcohol.”
Alcohol poisoning is caused by consuming a toxic amount of alcohol, usually over a short period, which causes alcohol levels in blood to rise to a level considered poisonous.
A person with alcohol poisoning can become extremely confused, unresponsive, disoriented, have shallow breathing, and can even pass out or go into a coma.
It has also been suspected that the tragic incident could be a case of food poisoning after News24 reported earlier that a vehicle was seen handing out food to people on Wetton Road.
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Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated, symptoms of food poisoning include cramping, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Meanwhile the City of Cape Town health officials have already started to investigate the exact cause of the incident but noted that the investigation will take considerable time.