Investigation launched by CHP into suspected food poisoning outbreaks involving 7 diners at Tipsy Restaurant & Bar in Tai Hang


29th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) under the Department of Health is currently investigating two suspected food poisoning clusters that have affected a total of seven individuals. The CHP has urged the public to prioritise personal, food, and environmental hygiene to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.

The first cluster involves three women, all aged 30, who experienced symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms occurred between eight to 26 hours after they had dinner at Tipsy Restaurant & Bar, located on the 1st floor of Little Tai Hang at 98 Tung Lo Wan Road in Tai Hang. The dinner took place on 24th February.

The second cluster involves one man and three women, aged between 25 and 27, who also developed similar symptoms. Their symptoms appeared between five to 39 hours after they had dinner at the same restaurant on 25th February.

Among the affected individuals, three sought medical advice, and one of them required hospitalisation. Fortunately, the hospitalised individual has since been discharged after receiving appropriate treatment. Currently, all affected persons are in stable condition.

Preliminary investigations conducted by the CHP indicate that the affected individuals consumed a common food item, namely raw oysters, which is believed to be the potential source of the outbreak. The incident might have been caused by the presence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and/or norovirus.