Family in suspected food poisoning to be discharged

The family of a nine-year-old boy who died in a suspected food-poisoning incident is expected to be released from hospital today as investigators seek to determine the cause of the illnesses.

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DUBAI // Family members of a nine-year-old boy who died at the weekend in a possible food-poisoning incident will be discharged today.

Awad Firoz Khan, a child with special needs, was declared dead at Al Baraha Hospital on Saturday.

His father said the boy's mother and 15-year-old brother will be "discharged today".

"We are well now and are waiting to see the doctors," Mr Khan said, speaking from the hospital. "We will be on antibiotics for a week and will have to come back for a check up."

The Indian family of four, who live in Al Muteena, was admitted on Saturday morning after complaining of nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Mr Khan said Awad was a special-needs child who was studying at Al Noor Training Centre. He died after being taken to hospital.

The family said they had eaten at a popular chicken restaurant the previous day, along with other relatives.

But Mr Khan also said that pesticides sprayed at a neighbour's house could have triggered their illnesses. Dubai Municipality is expected to release a report today on the cause of the boy's death and the family's condition.

pkannan@thenational.ae