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DROUGHT and heat are being blamed for a doubling in food poisoning cases in 2007.

Alarming health department statistics show more than 800 South Australians have suffered food poisoning in the first seven weeks of this year.

This is more than double the year-to-date average of 379 for the past three years.

The usual health authority reckoning is that the confirmed cases represent about 10 per cent of the number of people affected, which would mean more than 8000 victims.

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