More suspected food poisoning cases reported
29 Jun 2010
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has received 14 more reports of suspected food poisoning cases involving 38 people who had consumed food purchased from a restaurant in Jordan.
Same as the earlier clusters, those persons ate food from the restaurant on June 26 or 27.
A spokesman for CHP said that as at 3pm today (June 29), the centre received reports of 14 more clusters, involving 12 men and 26 women aged between 12 and 67, of suspected food poisoning cases. They developed symptoms of gastroenteritis including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever three to 22 hours after eating food from the Jordan restaurant, bringing to 64 the total number of affected people.
Most of them sought medical treatment. A 57-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were admitted to hospital. All affected people are in stable condition.
Members of the public are reminded to observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene at all times to prevent food-borne diseases. When dining out:
* Do not patronise illegal food hawkers;
* Cook food thoroughly;
* Avoid eating raw seafood;
* Be a discerning consumer in choosing cold dishes, including sashimi, sushi and raw oysters in a buffet;
* Drink boiled water;
* Use two sets of chopsticks and eating utensils to handle raw and cooked food;
* Do not try to use salt, vinegar, wine and wasabi to kill bacteria as they are not effective; and
* Always wash hands before eating and after going to the toilet.