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CHP investigates suspected food poisoning case
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (March 14) investigating a suspected food poisoning case affecting 14 persons, and hence reminded the public to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

     The patients, comprising three males and 11 females aged 25 to 36, developed abdominal pain and diarrhoea four hours after having a meal ordered from a food factory in the evening on March 11. Two of them sought medical consultation but none required hospitalisation.

     All affected persons are now in stable condition.

     "We have alerted the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to the incident and investigations are ongoing," a spokesman for the CHP 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/Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:00
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