Don’t trust the rumours, Egyptians are not immune to food poisoning!

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It is getting hot. Whether you cook, get your food delivered, grab a sandwich on the way, or drink cold fresh juice from the shop round the corner.  In Summer, you are more vulnerable to food poisoning!

Food poisoning is common, yet distressing and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people throughout the world. It can spoil your vacation or mess up your plans. The symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and mainly diarrhea. It can result from mixed infection (aerobic and anaerobic bacteria), viral or parasitic agents, the most common types are; Salmonella, E-coli and Clostridia. Symptoms can begin as quickly as four hours or as long as 24 hours after eating contaminated food. People who eat the same contaminated food will usually get sick at about the same time. Symptoms can last three to four days or longer.

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It is crucial to take in enough fluids to prevent dehydration. Consult your doctor ASAP to give you the appropriate antibiotic (effective against both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria), and if nausea is getting out of control, ask your doctor for the suitable antiemetic drug.

Avoid Food Poisoning

  1. Keep hot foods HOT and cold foods COLD.
  2. Wash your hands before, in between and after preparing food.
  3. Avoid raw and undercooked foods.
  4. Don’t leave food out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  5. Wash your vegetables and fruits well with very dilute potassium permanganate 1:1000
  6. Get perishable foods to the refrigerator or freezer ASAP.


Stay safe and enjoy the Summer

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