Number of victims in Istanbul poisoned spinach outbreak rises to 108
Health officials in Istanbul said on Tuesday the number of people admitted for care after eating tainted spinach had risen to 108, Turkish news site Diken reported.
The Istanbul Health Directorate said 28 patients had stayed in hospital for observation and the rest had been discharged.
Health authorities said they suspected that foreign plants containing poisonous chemicals had been mixed in with spinach. They said scopolamine and atropine, both chemicals found in many plants in the nightshade family, had caused the poisoning.
The symptoms include blurred vision, dry skin, constipation, a rapid heartbeat and hypertension, the directorate said.
News of a poisoned spinach outbreak spread quickly over the weekend as dozens of people were admitted to hospitals after eating the leaves.