Hong Kong health officials reported Friday an update on the food borne outbreak liked with a food premises in Discovery Bay. Subsequent to follow-up investigations, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) identified six additional clusters affecting 18 persons, 10 males and eight females aged from 1 to 64.
They developed diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting about five to 63 hours after consuming food in the premises on April 15 and 16. Among them, 15 sought medical attention, one of whom has been discharged upon hospitalization. All affected persons are now in stable condition.
Stool specimens of two affected persons tested positive for Salmonella.
This brings the total number of affected persons to 22 so far, comprising 11 males and 11 females aged from 1 to 64.
“We have alerted the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to the incident and investigations are ongoing,” a spokesman for the DH said.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.