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  • Beware of summer coolers, says DOH
    Summer has finally hit the country when street stalls selling popular Pinoy ice coolers start popping up. Halo-halo, mais con yelo, sago’t gulaman, and more can be tempting on a hot day, but the Department of Health warns of the potential dangers of consuming bacteria-contaminated ice in the drinks. 

    “We may get various food and waterborne diseases by using or consuming unhygienic ice. Unhygienic ice is a breeding ground for bacteria such as amoeba, salmonella, E. coli and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach upset,” says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, reports Inquirer.net

    Food poisoning is particularly dangerous in kids. A third of deaths caused by the disease are from children ages 5 and below, according to the World Health Organization. “When young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with weak immune systems eat contaminated food, they have a greater chance of becoming severely sick with problems like miscarriage or kidney failure,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you're buying on the street, be aware of how they handle the ice and where they store it. (inquirer.net)

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