Doctors across Dubai have reported a higher incidence of gastroenteritis across the emirate in the last few weeks.
Patients are reporting symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps, bloating, low grade fever and loss of appetite.
Speaking exclusively to ARN News, Dr. Shaheena Hameed, Consultant in Family Medicine from Mediclinic explained some of the reasons behind the uptick. She highlighted that the continued lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, increased travel and the hot weather could all be contributory factors.
Gastroenteritis is most commonly caused by infection from viruses in the summer months, as the heat and humidity provides the perfect conditions for the virus to spread.
Children and the elderly are considered to be the most vulnerable.
Dr. Abdel Hakim El Ganyni, Specialist Gastroenterologist at Prime Medical Centre, spoke to the ARN News Centre and explained some of the things we can do to better protect ourselves, including washing hands thoroughly and ensuring food is properly cooked through.
Staying hydrated and keeping away from fried foods were some of the other recommendations.
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