A few days ago, 34 kids from a municipal school in Dadar fell ill after drinking flavoured milk, supplied by the municipality. That report tells us: "[S]ome of them started complaining of headache and stomach ache. Their eyes started watering and they even felt like vomiting."
The kids, 23 boys and 11 girls, were admitted to the KEM Hospital.
Samples of the milk that the municipality supplied were tested by the ... municipality itself, in its own laboratory. Today's Hindustan Times (Dec 18) reports that Additional Municipal Commissioner Madhav Sangle says "senior analysts found no bacterial content in the milk."
So what caused the illness?
Sangle has an answer: "It might be because of an empty stomach condition or even herd mentality - where one feels like vomiting seeing someone else vomiting."
True. Happens to me all the time. To my 33 friends too. In fact, whenever my eyes start watering, theirs do too.