News That Moves teams observed on the ground last winter that many migrants and refugees experienced health-related problems, including food poisoning.
Information from the British National Health Service (NHS) says that:
- Food poisoning is generally caused by contaminated food (by bacteria or by a virus);
- Food poisoning is not usually a serious illness and, in most cases, the sick will get better after few days.
Main symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, abdominal pain, weakness and loss of appetite, fever, aching muscles, chills.
What to do:
- In general, if you are otherwise healthy, there is no need to see a doctor or any specific treatment;
- Rest and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration;
- Oral rehydration solutions, available in pharmacies, are recommended to vulnerable people;
- Eat small and light meals if you feel hungry, (toast, crackers, bananas, rice).
You should see a doctor if symptoms are severe (continuous vomiting, if you experience severe dehydration, rapid heartbeat, no urine, etc.); if symptoms don’t improve after few days; if you are pregnant or over 60 years old; if you have a weak immune system; if your baby or young child has food poisoning.
For more information about access to free public healthcare for migrants and refugees currently in Greece click here.
News That Moves does not specialise in healthcare issues. Information contained in this article was retrieved from the NHS website and verified by doctors at Praksis.