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CHP investigates two suspected food poisoning clusters
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (October 3) investigating two suspected food poisoning clusters affecting seven persons, and reminded the public to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.
     The first cluster comprises four females aged 2 to 35 who developed abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea about three to 10 hours after dinner in a restaurant in Sha Tin in the night on September 27.
     The other cluster comprises two males and one female aged 5 to 46 who developed abdominal pain and diarrhoea about four to 10 hours after dinner in the same restaurant on the same day.
     All affected persons have been in a stable condition. Five of them sought medical advice and none required hospitalisation.
     "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:
• Patronise only reliable and licensed restaurants;
• 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;
• 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, October 3, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:15
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