More than 180 patrons of popular Singapore food centre Pei Kio Market at Owen Road, Tanjong Pagar GRC were reported to have suffered the bacteria infection, gastroenteritis. According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), the food centre has been shut down and is undergoing a 2-day cleaning and disinfection. Pei Kio Market will reopen on Friday (May 27).
The case came to light when a general practitioner alerted the Ministry of Health (MOH) of an unusual spike in gastroenteritis cases at his clinic. More than 180 victims of the bacteria infection in the stomach see symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain in the past week. 7 were warded into Tan Tock Seng Hospital, but nobody is critically ill as the typical recovery takes only a few days.
Government agencies NEA, MOH, AVA and Public Utilites Board (PUB) commenced investigations on May 19 and collected food and water sample from the market. Initial results reveal that not one single stall was singled out as source of the infection. The PUB also said that water sample collected at the food centre and surrounding vicinity are found safe for drinking. Investigations are still ongoing.