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Suspected food poisoning cases under investigation

29 Jun 2011

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a cluster of two suspected food poisoning cases affecting a total of 11 persons, and reminds people to maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

The first case involved eight females aged from 26 to 30. They developed diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain two to seven hours after having dinner in a restaurant in Kowloon City on June 24. They did not require hospitalisation.

The second case involved three females aged from 51 to 62. They developed diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain about three hours after having lunch in the same restaurant on June 28. All of them sought medical treatment and did not require hospitalisation.

All affected are in stable condition. The investigation continues.

Members of the public are reminded to maintain 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.

  Last Revision Date : 29 June 2011