CHP investigates suspected food poisoning cluster

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 7) investigating a suspected food poisoning cluster affecting 12 persons, and reminded the public to maintain personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent foodborne diseases.

     The cluster involved seven males and five females, aged 17 to 20, who developed abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, about 5.5 to 15 hours after having dinner at a school canteen in Ma On Shan on February 5.

     Three of the affected persons sought medical advice and none required hospitalisation. All affected persons are in stable condition.

     To prevent foodborne 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 hotpot or barbecue meal;
  • Handle raw and cooked foods carefully and separate them completely during the cooking process;
  • Use two sets of chopsticks and utensils to handle raw and cooked foods;
  • Do not patronise illegal food hawkers;
  • Drink boiled water;
  • Do not try to use salt, vinegar, wine or wasabi to kill bacteria as they are not effective; and
  • Always wash hands before eating and after going to the toilet. 

Ends/Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Issued at HKT 18:25