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Two suspected food poisoning cases under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (November 29) investigating two suspected food poisoning cases involving five persons and reminded members of the public to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

     The first cluster involved three women aged between 40 and 47. They developed gastroenteritis symptoms including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, abdominal pain and diarrhoea about three to six hours after eating at a restaurant in Tseung Kwan O in the morning of November 21.

     Another cluster involved a 35-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman. They developed similar symptoms about two to three hours after dining at the same restaurant on November 27.

     All the affected persons are currently in stable condition and none of them required hospitalisation. Investigations by the CHP are proceeding.

     Members of the public 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.

Ends/Thursday, November 29, 2012
Issued at HKT 21:15


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