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Update on suspected food poisoning clusters related to food premises in Discovery Bay

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (April 22) reported an update on its investigations announced on April 19 into suspected food poisoning clusters in connection with a food premises in Discovery Bay, and again reminded the public to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

     Subsequent to follow-up investigations, the CHP identified six additional clusters affecting 18 persons, 10 males and eight females aged from 1 to 64. They developed diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting about five to 63 hours after consuming food in the premises on April 15 and 16. Among them, 15 sought medical attention, one of whom has been discharged upon hospitalisation. All affected persons are now in stable condition.

     Stool specimens of two affected persons tested positive for Salmonella.

     This brings the total number of affected persons to 22 so far, comprising 11 males and 11 females aged from 1 to 64.

     "We have alerted the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to the incident and investigations are ongoing," a spokesman for the DH said.

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

* Avoid eating raw seafood;
* Be a discerning consumer in choosing cold dishes, including sashimi, sushi and raw oysters, at a buffet;
* Ensure food is thoroughly cooked before eating during a hot pot or barbecue meal;
* Handle raw and cooked foods carefully and separate them completely during the cooking process;
* Use two sets of chopsticks and eating utensils to handle raw and cooked food;
* Patronise only reliable and licensed restaurants;
* Do not patronise illegal food hawkers;
* Drink boiled water;
* 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/Friday, April 22, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:35


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