The Municipal Affairs Bureau of Macau received a report from the Health Bureau on February 25 of a suspected mass gastroenteritis discomfort incident involving 5 people. On the day of receipt of the report, the Urban Services Department went to the site to investigate. During this period, food samples were taken for laboratory testing and the premises were requested to take improvement measures. The Urban Services Department will continue to follow up on the incident.
It is reported that the mass gastroenteritis incident involved 5 patients who belonged to the same dining group. At 8:30 pm on February 22nd, they went to the small wine pot and gourmet food on the main road of Heishahuan Labor Day at 8:30 pm. During the period, he had eaten foods such as roasted oysters. Related patients began to develop symptoms such as nausea, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever at 5:30 am on February 24. According to an epidemiological investigation by the Health Bureau, the above-mentioned patients had no history of eating together except for the meal within 72 hours before the onset of illness. Based on eating records, incubation period and symptoms, the pathogen that caused this event is more likely to be a virus.
Upon receiving the report, the Urban Services Department immediately dispatched staff to the suspected premises to conduct food hygiene investigations and take food samples for microbiological testing. According to the scene, the overall sanitation situation of the premises needs to be improved, and there is a risk of cross-contamination in food handling. The Urban Services Department has immediately requested the premises to undergo sanitation rectification and will review the premises. At the same time, the relevant premises are required to arrange for employees to study”Food”Sanitation Supervisor Course” and”Food Safety and Environmental Hygiene Basic Course” to strengthen employees’ awareness of food and personal hygiene.
In winter and spring, one of the more common pathogens that cause acute gastroenteritis is norovirus, which is usually related to the consumption of uncooked shellfish. The Urban Services Department reminds the industry to pay attention to the personal hygiene and health of employees. If gastrointestinal discomfort occurs, food processing operations should be stopped. At the same time, restaurants should purchase food ingredients from reliable and hygienic suppliers, and understand the food ingredients before purchasing. The source of origin and other information, keep the receipts and sales records; note that food should be stored at an appropriate temperature and environment, raw and cooked food must be handled separately to avoid cross-contamination; pay attention to the cooking time and temperature of the food to ensure that the food is cooked thoroughly Cooked to reduce food safety risks. The Urban Services Department also urges the public to pay attention to personal hygiene and food safety. Aquatic products and shellfish should be thoroughly cooked, especially those at high risk such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, should avoid eating raw or undercooked Aquatic food; if you have doubts about food hygiene and quality, you should stop eating.