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Suspected food poisoning cases under investigation

23 July 2012

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is today (July 23) investigating two suspected food poisoning outbreaks involving seven persons and reminded people to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

The first cluster involved one male and one female, aged 44 and 42 respectively. They developed gastroenteritis symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and fever about 14 to 17 hours after having dinner at a restaurant in Kowloon City on July 20. They did not seek medical attention.

The second cluster involved two males and three females, aged between 33 and 63. They developed similar symptoms about 15 to 18 hours after having dinner in the same restaurant on the same day. Two of them sought medical consultation but did not require hospitalisation.

All the affected people are in stable condition. The investigation is continuing.

People are reminded to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene at all times to prevent food-borne diseases. When dining out:

* Patronise only reputable and licensed restaurants;
* 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, at 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.

23 July 2012