Znojmo, South Moravia, Sept 9 (CTK) – As many as 109 out of the total of 1000 employees of the hospital in Znojmo have been afflicted by an epidemic of as yet unknown cause, but patients are not in danger, Stepanka Cechova, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry, told CTK Wednesday.

She said the epidemic may have been caused by staphylococcal food poisoning.

South Moravia Region Governor Michal Hasek said the hospital need not be closed since the patients have not been endangered.

“The sanitary service has visited the hospital and taken samples to be analysed,” Hasek said.

The Znojmo hospital is one of more than ten health facilities established by the region.

Staphylococcal food poisoning is caused by some bacterial toxins. It is accompanied by diarrhoea, vomiting and temperature. The difficulties that are felt one to a few hours after eating food recede soon.