How Food Poisoning Occurs And What You Should Do To Treat It

There’s been a spate of high-profile food poisoning cases recently. It started on November 6, when 81 people fell ill and contracted gastroenteritis after eating catered bento boxes from Spize, which proved fatal for a 38-year-old customer. Then, on November 23, 190 people (including SCDF officers) were hit with food poisoning from eating TungLok Catering food at the Singapore Expo.

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Just three days later, 131 people, including six-year-old kindergarten students and their teachers, were struck with the bug after eating food prepared by FoodTalks Caterer and Manufacturer. While nobody was hospitalised in this case, it highlights a scary trend that we hope doesn’t continue to grow. 

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But what exactly is gastroenteritis, and how common is it? Why did the Spize customer die from it, and how can it be treated? 

We asked Dr Shravan Verma, founder and CEO of Speedoc (a medical service app which provides 24/7 house call doctor services), to break down everything you need to know about the illness: