Doctors in the UAE are urging people to avoid takeaway meals and food deliveries in summer, warning that takeouts have caused a huge rise in food poisoning cases in emergency departments across the country.
Dr Zeyad Mansour, general practitioner, emergency department at Bareen International Hospital, said food poisoning has led to a whopping 70 per cent of all patients admitted to emergency departments in the summer.
“We advise people to avoid deliveries and takeaways, which are the most common causes of food poisoning in summer. We see a great rise in cases of food poisoning during summer. It has become the top cause of patients being admitted to the emergency room,” he added.
Dr Mansour said the viral or bacterial infection is one of the most common causes of illness among young people in particular.
“It causes the person to become severely dehydrated and will therefore need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.” He urged people to avoid takeaway meals as well as places that serve meals that are prepared in large quantities, including buffets.