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Hooi Kee Eating House at Singapore Shopping Centre suspended following 2 typhoid fever cases

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has ordered a Chinese eatery located at the Singapore Shopping Centre in Dhoby Ghaut to suspend operations, while the authorities investigate a cluster of two people with typhoid fever who reportedly consumed food prepared there.

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has ordered a Chinese eatery located at the Singapore Shopping Centre in Dhoby Ghaut to suspend operations, while the authorities investigate a cluster of two people with typhoid fever who reportedly consumed food prepared there.

In a joint media release on Thursday (Feb 11), the Ministry of Health (MOH) and SFA said that the two persons had eaten food from Hooi Kee Eating House on several occasions between Jan 2 and 18.

Typhoid fever is an infection caused by the salmonella typhi bacteria. Food items that may be contaminated by the bacteria include raw or ready-to-eat foods — such as raw milk or their products, seafood and fresh produce including fruits and vegetables — the authorities said.

The two cases were reported to have symptoms including fever, headache, diarrhoea and cough, MOH and SFA said. They were both warded. One has since been discharged and the other is in stable condition in hospital.

“In view of the suspected ongoing transmission, SFA has issued a direction to suspend Hooi Kee Eating House’s food business operations with effect from Feb 11 until further notice,” the authorities said.

Members of the public who have consumed food from the eatery and developed prolonged fever should consult their general practitioner immediately and inform the doctor of their food-intake history.

All food handlers working at the eatery are required to re-attend and pass the Food Safety Course Level One and test negative for foodborne pathogens before they can resume work as food handlers, MOH and SFA said.

The appointed food hygiene officers working there will be required to re-attend and pass the WSQ Conduct Food and Beverage Hygiene Audit course before resuming work as well.

Hooi Kee Eating House has been ordered to clean and sanitise its premises, including equipment and utensils.

SFA added that food safety is a joint responsibility and reminded operators to observe good food and personal hygiene practices at all times.

“SFA will not hesitate to take firm action against anyone found to be in violation of the Environmental Public Health Act,” it said.

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