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Update on suspected food poisoning clusters related to food premises in Tsim Sha Tsui
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 10) provided an update on its investigation announced on March 8 into two suspected food poisoning clusters. All affected persons had consumed food at a food premises in Tsim Sha Tsui on March 7.

     Subsequent to its follow-up investigations, the CHP has newly identified four clusters with 11 affected persons comprising one man and 10 women aged 18 to 31. They developed abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and fever about eight to 34 hours after having meals at the restaurant. Nine of them sought medical consultation and three required hospitalisation.  

     Moreover, one more affected person was identified from a cluster reported on March 8. This brings the total number of clusters to six with 18 affected persons so far, comprising two men and 16 women aged 18 to 35. All affected persons have been in a stable condition.

     All the reported persons had meals at the food premises concerned before investigation and control measures instituted by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, and no additional cases have been reported after the control measures were implemented.
     The CHP's investigations are ongoing.

     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, March 10, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:10
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