Update on food poisoning cases at Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant
2 Jul 2011
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has received report about 24 more people being involved in suspected food poisoning cases related to a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui, bringing the total number of people affected in the cluster of cases so far to 43.
In the newly reported case, the affected were 13 males and 11 females aged between seven and 63. They developed symptoms of gastroenteritis four to 64 hours after dining at the concerned restaurant on June 29. One affected person was admitted to hospital for medical treatment. All affected people remained 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.