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Jatropha Downs 20 Pupils in Philippines

July 26 ( At least 20 students in an elementary school in Bohol were rushed Wednesday afternoon to a local hospital after being poisoned by jathropha or tuba-tuba fruit.

Radio station dzMM reported Thursday that the victims were Grade 1 and Grade 2 students from the Batasan Elementary School in Batasan Island, Tubigon town.

Jerick Edel, one of the victims, was reportedly lured to eat the fruit located just outside the school premises and invited his other classmates to join him.

The children then suffered stomach pains and were soon rushed to the Tubigon Community Hospital for treatment.

Jatropha is potentially lethal to humans and animals once ingested.

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