117 Russians Hospitalized After Drinking Holy Water

January 26, 2010

MOSCOW — More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers have been hospitalized after drinking holy water during Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk, an official said Monday. A total of 117 people, including 48 children, were in the hospital complaining of acute intestinal pain after drinking water from wells in and around a local church last week, said Vladimir Salovarov, a spokesman for the Irkutsk Investigative Committee. He said, however, that it was too early to say what caused the illness. Tap water in most of Russia is undrinkable.

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