Disease Control Dept warns public of food poisoning risk during summertime


BANGKOK, 8 April 2012  – Health experts are warning Thailand to beware of the spread of food poisoning during this year’s hot summertime. 

The Department of Disease Control’s Nakhon Ratchasima office Director, Doctor Theerawat Walaisathien said on Saturday that the Department of Disease Control (DDC) has declared the week of April 8th-14th, the “Anti-Food Poisoning Awareness” week.

Doctor Theerawat said that the DDC is worried that the hot and humid weather in summer will allow bacteria to grow easily and lead to the spread of diarrhea and food poisoning.

He explained that contaminated foods and drinks can sicken people and cause headache, body aches, vomiting and frequent visits to the toilet. In more severe cases, patients can suffer serious dehydration.

In order to prevent such undesirable conditions, Doctor Theerawat urged the public to regularly wash hands, eat only clean and newly-cooked foods and reheat everything before eating.

In addition, he suggested those who might have suffered such infections and pass a stool too often should drink Oral Dehydration Solution (ORS) and opt for liquid food. If the conditions persist, he advised the patients to seek medical attention immediately.