Cassava Poisoning

Anecita Layung grieves beside the coffin of her son Wilfredo, who died after eating a snack of cassava in San Jose, Philippines. Sobbing parents prepared for a mass burial Thursday of at least 27 elementary schoolchildren who died after eating a snack of cassava, a root that’s poisonous if not prepared correctly, while 103 others remained hospitalized with severe stomach pain and diarrhea.

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