Photo of Pek Kio Food Centre from Wee Teck Hian TODAY

Despite investigations from four Singapore government agencies – the National Environment Agency (NEA), Ministry of Health (MOH), Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) and Public Utilities Board (PUB) – the root cause of the bacterial infection from Pek Kio Food Centre remains unknown. The group of government agencies ruled out pigeons and rats as the source of the infection outbreak, even though the Tanjong Pagar GRC PAP Town Council did not maintain cleanliness in the area.

Currently, there are more than 180 cases of gastric flu resulted from the Pek Kio infection outbreak with 17 were hospitalized. Victims reportedly suffered symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, fever or abdominal pain. Tanjong Pagar GRC PAP Town Council closed the popular food centre for disinfection and cleaning for 2 days and reopened yesterday (May 28).

Not one single food stall was identified as the source and the PUB also maintained that water supply were investigated to be clean. The incident first happened around May 16, but the government is still not able to find a solution except to implement “precautionary measures” like cleaning.

The PAP MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Melvin Yong has no comment.