Event Report

Base data

Event code EH-LV1/01450/JOR
Main category Epidemic Hazard
Sub category Epidemic hazard - Level 1
Event date (UTC) Wed, 29 Jul 2020 05:35:02 +0000
Last update (UTC) Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:50:05 +0000
Reliability of information Authentic source : Information from trusted source (newspapers, emails, websites).

Geolocation

Continent Middle-East
Country Jordan
Administration area Capital City
Settlement Amman
Exact location Al-Maqdesi District
Open Location Code: 8G3QXVJW+9V
Size of affected area Local event
Additional events None or not detected.

Common Alerting Protocol Information

Urgency Past
Certainty Observed
Severity Extreme
Category Health

Event details

At least 175 people have been poisoned after eating Shawarma at a restaurant in the northwest of Amman, the director of Prince Hussein Hospital, Mohammed al-Abed, said on Tuesday. Those who have become unwell had responded to a JD 1 meal special offer at the restaurant in the Ain al-Bashra area of the capital. Ninety cases were reported Monday; 76 cases were treated at Prince Hussein Hospital – pushing it to full capacity. The remaining cases were transferred Ein Al-Basha Health Centre, Salt General Hospital, and Jerash Governmental Hospital said al-Abed. A further 85 have so far been reported today. Health Minister, Saad Jaber, checked up on patients’ conditions and ordered the hospitals to ensure follow-ups were carried out. An investigation into the source of the poisoning is continuing.

Situation update

All patients are in a stable condition, most of whom have been discharged except for a few who remain under observation. The General Director of the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), Nizar Mhaidat, said three types of dangerous bacteria have been found in the samples of shawarma. The samples were taken from the chicken in the meat supplier’s warehouses, which results showed was not suitable for human consumption. Approximately 90 field visits were conducted over the past 24 hours as part of the government’s intensive inspection campaign, said Mhaidat. Six facilities were shut down, 33 warnings were issued and 12 food establishments were banned from operating, he added. More than 247kg of food was disposed of during inspection visits. The JFDA inspected all facilities that prepare and shred chicken meat for shawarma restaurants — 11 facilities in Amman, 10 in Zarqa, and one in Irbid. Shawarma restaurants were also inspected — 27 restaurants in Amman, four in Zarqa, 22 in Irbid, and 14 in Karak. Inspection teams are still conducting field visits — four in Amman, two teams in Irbid, one in Karak, and two in Zarqa. Violations include apparent signs of rotten raw chicken and non-compliance with freshness requirements, according to JFDA guidelines. Other violations involve worker health measures, including personal hygiene and wrong practices, food handling and preserving requirements, health practices regarding insect and pest control, and public hygiene measures in facilities.
A food poisoning outbreak in Jordan has hit more than 800 people and killed a child, all of whom ate cut-price shawarma from a restaurant outside Amman, the health ministry has said. The owner of the restaurant selling the popular rotisserie meat and bread snacks in the Baqa’a district north-west of the capital was arrested, local media reported. “A five-year-old boy died of massive poisoning,” the ministry said in a statement. Health minister Saad Jaber later said 826 people had been hospitalized with poisoning since the first cases were detected on Monday evening. “So far, 321 people are still in hospitals, all in a stable condition apart from four cases who are in intensive care,” he told journalists. “All those affected said they had eaten meals from the same restaurant.” He said hundreds of extra doctors and nurses had been drafted to various hospitals to treat those affected. Earlier, the ministry said laboratory tests had revealed bacteria in the meat and poultry. A special offer of a shawarma meal for one Jordanian dinar (about $1.40), or about half the usual price, had sparked an influx to the restaurant, said local news sites. Health ministry official Adnan Ishaq told state television that the meat had become infected because it was not refrigerated. A heatwave has hit Jordan in recent days, with temperatures in Amman exceeding 40C. The district prosecution said three people from the restaurant, including the owner, had been detained. Jaber said an investigation was underway. “Any offender will be held accountable, regardless of who they are,” he said.
Mass food poisoning in Jordan has sickened at least 700 people and killed a child, all of whom ate cut-price shawarma from a restaurant outside Amman, the health ministry said Wednesday. The owner of the restaurant selling the popular rotisserie meat and bread snacks in Baqa’a district northwest of the capital was arrested, local media reported. “A five-year-old boy died of massive poisoning,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that at least 100 people had been hospitalized by Tuesday morning before the number reached 700 by Wednesday morning. “Laboratory tests carried out by specialized investigation teams from the General Food and Drug Administration showed bacteria in the meat and poultry.” A special offer of a shawarma meal for one Jordanian dinar (about $1.4), or about half the usual price, had sparked an influx to the restaurant, said local news sites. A heatwave has hit Jordan in recent days, with temperatures in Amman exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

Casualties

Number of dead: 1 person(s)
Number of injured: 0 person(s)
Number of Affected: 0 person(s)
Number of Rescued/evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Missing: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 826 person(s)

Event Specific Details


[Epidemic Hazard - Epidemic hazard - Level 1]
Name of diseaseMassive Food Poisoning
Biosafety levelLevel 2 - Medium
Pathogenunknown
SpaciesHuman
Infection statusconfirmed
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Risk Analisys

Nearest marine ports There is no known marine port nearby.
Nearest airports Amman-Marka International Airport (8.95 km), Queen Alia International Airport (30.12 km)
Nearest nuclear power plant There is no known nuclear power plant nearby.

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