Wedding crasher: Food poisoning strikes wedding in Ulea

Mass Illness at Ulea Wedding Image: Shutterstock/ Nicoleta Ionescu

AROUND forty people fell ill with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea during a wedding celebration held at a restaurant in Ulea on July 6. The affected guests began feeling unwell after midnight.

Emergency Services Respond Quickly

Approximately two hundred people attended the event, many from Lorca and other towns in the region. Around three in the morning, emergency services received a call reporting a possible food poisoning outbreak, with about twenty people having driven themselves to Morales Meseguer Hospital in Murcia.

Emergency Medical Services dispatched two ambulances to the scene, one from the Primary Care Emergency Service based in Archena. They treated 11 affected guests on-site, while another 12 made their way to the hospital.

No Hospitalizations Needed, Guests Recovering

Fortunately, none of the nearly forty affected people required hospitalisation, and their conditions are reportedly improving. Ulea’s mayor, Víctor Manuel López, noted that this incident is unprecedented in the restaurant’s 20-year history of hosting events.

The Regional Health Ministry has begun an investigation through its Food Safety and Zoonosis Service to determine the cause of this mild poisoning, collecting samples for laboratory analysis.

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Written by

Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!