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Thailand flood victims suffer food poisoning and lack of hygiene

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BANGKOK 2 October, 2011 (NNT) – Reports suggest that 100 disaster victims in Thailand are suffering from severe food poisoning, nausea and diarrhea after consuming donated cooked food.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, 10 medical emergency units were deployed in Chai Nat province to rescue the stranded and referred them to a local hospital. Local public health offices have also been assigned to deploy mobile medical units to help the victims in the region.

Fast spreading illness are currently affecting flood victims due to poor hygienic conditions and lack of clean drinking water.

Dr. Phaijit Warachit, Permanent Secretary for Public Health claimed that flooding victims including women and children were suffering from further illnesses from donated food, comprising instant noodles, fried rice and other fast foods. From the gathered faeces and vomit samples, Nakhon Sawan Medical Research Center concluded that the victims received donated foods at 10.30 and consumed them by noon or even later, leaving time for bacterial development.

As for the poor hygiene conditions in Chai Nat and other affected provinces, emergency medical units have been rushed to the area by boat in order to contain the overall hygiene as well as provide safe foods and clean water for the victims.

Read more: NNT


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