Food poisoning cases across Queensland, including in Mackay, have prompted a warning from health professionals.

In the past week, House Call Doctor has responded to patients suffering food poisoning in Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Ipswich, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

House Call Doctor’s Dr Ryan Harvey said it was imperative Queenslanders considered how their food was stored and prepared, particularly in hot weather.

“Food poisoning and illnesses such as salmonella can not only be incredibly uncomfortable – they can also be dangerous,” Dr Harvey said.

“Keeping food at regulated temperatures is very important to help reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. Make sure meats aren’t left on the bench to defrost, cold food (including eggs) are kept in the fridge, and meats are cooked through before you eat them.”

Dr Harvey said symptoms of food poisoning and salmonella varied.

“Symptoms include whole-body chills, light-headedness, vomiting, headache, fatigue and dehydration.”

Original Source: Daily Mercury | 24 January 2019