LIMA – A total of 91 police officers were affected by food poisoning at the base in Mazuco, which is in the jungle region of Madre de Dios, the Peruvian National Police said.
The officers had fevers, vomiting and upset stomachs after consuming chicken soup at the base in Mazuco, located in Tambopata province, National Police southeast region commander Gen. Hector Dulanto said.
Many of the sick officers were taken to the police health service hospital in Cuzco, a city in the like-named region, Dulanto told Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP.
A group of non-commissioned officers, however, went to Santa Rosa Hospital in Puerto Maldonado, the capital of Madre de Dios, media reports said.
The National Police inspector general’s office will investigate the food poisoning case, Dulanto said.
“They have poisoned us on a mass scale with spoiled food, dirty meat, spoiled eggs and spoiled fish,” one of the sick police officers told RPP by telephone.
A total of 150 officers were treated at the on-base medical office at Mazuco, but there was a lack of medications and officers had to be sent to other medical facilities, the officer told RPP.