Hundreds sick in mass fainting in Cambodian factory

June 16, 2011 11:26


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PHNOM PENH - Three hundred garment workers have fallen ill this week at a factory in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, the latest outbreak of "mass fainting" in the country blamed on poor working conditions.

About 200 female garment workers at King Fashion Garment fell sick on Wednesday afternoon, followed by another 100 people on Thursday morning, said district police chief Born Sam Ath.

"A committee has not yet settled on one particular cause, but the workers' health is not good, they don't eat enough and the workplace is stuffy," Born Sam Ath said.

In April, the Cambodian authorities opened an investigation into what local activists called the "mass fainting" of about 800 workers at two garment factories.

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