04 Jun '11, 1am

Avoid raw food for now: doctors

Avoid raw food for now: doctors

SINGAPORE: Doctors are advising Singaporeans to avoid raw food for now, following the E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed 18 people. The bacteria is commonly transmitted via contaminated raw food and sometimes through contaminated water. It can also be transmitted from person to person. Singaporeans travelling to Germany should avoid eating raw tomatoes and leafy vegetables like lettuce and cucumbers, says Dr Douglas Chan, Associate Consultant at the National University Hospital's Division of Microbiology. Symptoms of E. coli infection include abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. When it comes to food preparation, doctors say raw and cooked food should be separated to reduce contamination. They advise eating cooked food as it means the bacteria is killed before consumption. Associate Professor Leo Yee Sin, head of Department of Infectious Diseases at Tan Tock Seng H...

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