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

     The first cluster involved three males and one female, aged 26 to 40, who developed abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, generalised weakness and vomiting, about 29 to 41 hours after having dinner at a restaurant in Causeway Bay on March 2.
     The other cluster involved eight males, aged 17 to 20, who developed similar symptoms about 21 to 46 hours after having dinner at the same restaurant on March 3.

     Two 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, March 7, 2023
Issued at HKT 18:00
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