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Suspected case of food poisoning under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (January 9) investigating a suspected case of food poisoning affecting 10 persons and hence reminded members of the public to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

     The case involves six men and four women, aged between 22 and 38, who developed diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and nausea about eight to 56 hours after having dinner at a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui on January 5. Five of them consulted doctors and no hospitalisation was required.

     All the affected persons are currently in stable condition. The CHP's investigations are proceeding.

     To prevent food-borne diseases, members of the public are reminded to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene at all times. When dining out:

* Eat thoroughly cooked food;
* Avoid eating raw seafood;
* Be a discerning consumer in choosing cold dishes, including sashimi, sushi and raw oysters, at a buffet;
* Patronise only reliable and licensed restaurants;
* Do not patronise illegal food hawkers;
* 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, January 9, 2014
Issued at HKT 21:27


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