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Hong Kong Reports On Suspected Food Poisoning

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health is investigating a suspected food poisoning case involving 10 people of a tour group and reminded people to observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

The affected, comprising four male and six female aged from 18 to 51, are members of a tour group visiting the Mainland from October 18 to 22. They developed gastroenteritis symptoms, including diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting after having dinner on October 20.

One of them sought medical treatment after arriving in Hong Kong and is in stable condition.

Further investigation is on-going.

Members of the public are reminded to observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene at all times to prevent food-borne diseases. When dining out:

* Patronise only reputable and licensed restaurants;

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* Do not patronise illegal food hawkers;

* Cook food thoroughly;

* Avoid eating raw seafood;

* Be a discerning consumer in choosing cold dishes, including sashimi, sushi and raw oysters in a buffet;

* Drink boiled water;

* Use two sets of chopsticks and eating utensils to handle raw and cooked food;

* Do not try to use salt, vinegar, wine and wasabi to kill bacteria as they are not effective;

* Always wash hands before eating and after going to the toilet.