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Top doctors in Ottawa Valley urging residents to be wary of spoiled food amid storm aftermath

EOHU medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says residents should dispose of food if there is any concern it has spoiled.
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The top doctors for Eastern Ontario and Renfrew County are offering up key public health advice for those who remain without power in the aftermath of the severe storm that ripped through the region on Saturday, May 21.

Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says residents should dispose of food if there is any concern it has spoiled.

"When in doubt throw it out," Dr. Roumeliotis told The Rob Snow Show on Wednesday, May 25. "I'll be honest with you, people who still don't have power, there's no way they can salvage their food, their perishables."

The acting medical officer of health for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), Dr. Robert Cushman, is echoing the suggestion.

"Anything after 24 hours, that's about it if you opened the fridge door more than once," Dr. Cushman told The Sam Laprade Show on Wednesday, May 25.

Dr. Cushman is also encouraging those in need to reach out to their municipality or local paramedic service, especially if they require power for essentials such as oxygen.

"Our paramedics have taken this to heart and they have basically a roster of everyone on oxygen, so they've been able to make sure those people first and foremost are safe," Dr. Cushman explains.

Meanwhile, Dr. Roumeliotis is recommending those who are stressed amid the aftermath of the severe storm to take a step back.

"If you take a bit of a break, relax, take a walk or play a game with your family [it will] take your mind off it -- I think that gives your mind a bit of a rest," he says.

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Paul Roumeliotis below:

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Robert Cushman below:

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