x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Boy, 9, dies after family falls ill

Dubai Municipality is investigating the suspected case of food poisoning.

DUBAI // A nine-year-old boy has died after suffering nausea and vomiting.

Awad Khan was taken to a hospital in Deira at the weekend along with his parents and 15-year-old brother, Azeen, after they all became ill.

The rest of the family was recovering in hospital last night.

Dubai Municipality is now investigating the suspected case of food poisoning and is due to publish a report today.

The Indian family, who live in Al Muteena, were admitted to Al Baraha Hospital early on Saturday.

Awad's father, Firoz Khan, said yesterday that he was not sure if his family had food poisoning or if pesticides sprayed at a neighbour's house had triggered their illness.

"We do not know if it was food poisoning," he said. "There was some pest control being done at our neighbour's house. It is possible the fumes spread through the air conditioning. We are OK now."

Mr Khan said Awad was a special-needs child who was studying at Al Noor Training Centre. He died after being taken to hospital.

"We all woke up with vomiting and diarrhoea," Mr Khan said.

He said police were investigating the cause of the child's death and the family's condition.

His son's body was taken to the police mortuary.

Hospital staff said the other family members were recovering.

"The condition of the parents and the boy is stable," said a member of hospital staff.

He said the family had been shifted from the emergency ward to the general ward on Saturday. "If they are fine, they will be discharged [today]," he said.