Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Geylang Serai food poisoning - Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Big tragic wayang here.

For the scale of the epidemic and severity of infection, this is not just eating one or two infected shellfish, or contaminated food from a server with dirty hands. This is an infection resulting from a massive dose of live bacteria and toxins.

To my mind the only plausible source is the rojak gravy that functions primarily as a bacterial broth because it sits there on a warming stove for pretty much the whole day. Very happy bugs!

Question is how did the bugs get into the rojak gravy in the first place since it does not contain any kind of raw sea food products e.g. prawns or other shellfish? This is not a problem about dirty hands, or rats running in the longkangs. This is substantial contamination from raw seafood occuring after the rojak sauce has been initially cooked, and then incubated before serving.

How? Some things don't add up.

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