Brits - A winter study camp for matric pupils in Arendsnes near Brits was shut down following a diarrhoea outbreak, the North West education department said on Monday.

“The department regrets to inform parents and learners about the immediate closing of the winter study camp due to unhealthy conditions,” said spokesman Brian Setswammung.

“Pupils complained about diarrhoea and we called in health authorities to investigate.”

It was discovered that the food prepared for the pupils was below standard and unhygienic, he said.

At least 393 pupils were at the camp. Fifteen were admitted to hospital on Friday and had since been discharged.

A further investigation to determine how the food was procured and prepared was underway, Setswammung said.

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