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1 dies, 15 hospitalised due to food poisoning in Sharjah

Afkar Abdullah / 16 September 2012

A Pakistani man died and 15 people, including 10 children, were hospitalised due to food poisoning in two difference cases.

The condition of the victims who were rushed to Al Qasimi and Al Kuwaiti hospitals have been described to be between serious and minor. The victims ate food from two different places, including an Asian traditional food joint and a fast food outlet at one of the shopping centres in Sharjah.

Dr Yousif Al Serkal, Director of Al Kuwaiti Hospital, said four patients with suspected food poisoning were received at the emergency room of the hospital and were provided necessary treatment. But, despite the efforts of the medical staff, one of the patients, aged 40, died. The other three are still receiving treatment at the hospital and their condition are stable.

The ages of the patients range between 40 and 55 years and all are from Pakistan. The hospital management notified the authorities concerned, including the police and the municipality, for action against the Asian food outlet.

In the second incident, Dr Khalid Khalfan bin Sabt, Deputy Technical Director of Al Qasimi Hospital, said the hospital received 12 food poisoning cases on Friday, including 10 children of ages ranging from five to 13 years, and two men — a 38-year-old Arab and a 30-year-old Asian.

They ate at a fast food joint in one of the shopping centres. Six patients were discharged after they received necessary treatment and six are under medical supervision, but their condition is not critical except that of a little child who is five years old.

Officials at the municipality said inspectors were sent to the particular restaurant and food samples have been collected and are being analysed at the central food laboratory.


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