Fever Hospital receiving 10-15 cases on a daily basis this summer

Majority of cases reported after parties

Symptoms are dysentery, nausea, abdominal cramps

HYDERABAD: There is nothing worse than getting hit by a bout of dysentery or nausea. And that too in the middle of this sweltering heat. Like it or not, ever since the mercury started rising in the twin cities, cases of food poisoning also have increased substantially.

The Fever Hospital is receiving about 10 to 15 food poisoning cases on a daily basis this summer. On Thursday, over 30 such cases were admitted. While food poisoning is not all that serious, as the illness lasts only for 24 to 48 hours, doctors advocate prevention, just to avoid distress due to food poisoning.

Summer feature

Majority of the food poisoning cases are being reported after consuming food and liquids in marriages, get-togethers, parties, picnics and consuming street food and juices, which are readily available at many places in the city in summer.

The cases were brought with symptoms of dysentery, nausea and severe abdominal cramps.

“It is better to avoid consuming food or liquids outside during this time of the year. There could be a variety of reasons behind the spurt in such cases. But normally such cases are not fatal and patients admitted to hospital get discharged within a day or two,” says Superintendent of Fever Hospital P. P. Prasad.

Food-borne illnesses increase in summer because bacteria find it easy to grow faster in the warm summer months when temperatures hover between 35 and 40 degrees.

Maintaining hygiene while preparing food on a large scale, checking for quality of drinking water and personal cleanliness are some ways to avoid food poisoning,

“A bit of common sense is all it takes to avoid such illnesses. Maintaining the kitchen properly, using clean utensils and filtering water or boiling it are some easy steps to avoid food poisoning,” Dr. Prasad says.