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CHP investigates two suspected food poisoning clusters
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (August 29) investigating two clusters of suspected food poisoning affecting four persons, and reminded the public to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

     The first cluster involves two women aged 23 and 25 who developed abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever some 13 to 15 hours after consuming take-away dessert in the evening on August 25 after purchasing it from a canteen in Sha Tin in the afternoon.

     The other cluster comprises two men aged 23 and 26 who developed abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea and fever some five to six hours after having the same dessert in the same canteen in the afternoon on August 26.

     All affected persons sought medical attention and one of them has been hospitalised for management. They have all been 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.

     The public should observe the health advice below when consuming dessert:
  • Consume dessert as soon as possible;
  • If dessert is not consumed immediately, it (including homemade dessert) should be packed and stored at 4 degrees Celsius or below, separated from raw food and consumed within one to two days; and
  • The elderly, children, pregnant women and persons with lowered immunity should be careful when choosing food, especially high-risk food, such as unbaked cheesecake (including tiramisu), pudding, mousse and custard.
Ends/Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:33
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