Over 100 poisoned by oysters in luxury Macau hotels

September 12th, 2008 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Hong Kong, Sep 6 (DPA) More than 100 people have been poisoned by tainted oysters at top hotels in the casino resort of Macau, a radio report said Saturday.Fifty nine people were sick after eating the oysters at the Sands Macau Hotel, while another 39 were ill after eating oysters at the Venetian, Hong Kong’s government-run radio station RTHK said.

Another six people fell ill after eating oysters at the Hotel Golden Dragon. All the oysters are believed to have been supplied by the same Hong Kong company, the radio station reported.

Macau health officials said all three hotels had good standards of hygiene and are liaising with health officers in Hong Kong to follow up on the case.

Some of the food poisoning victims, who fell ill between Monday and Friday, required hospital treatment while others were given medication at the hotels. None was seriously injured.

Macau is a densely-populated former Portuguese colony and one hour’s ferry ride west of Hong Kong which every year attracts millions of gamblers and weekend visitors from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China.

It is famous for its new Las Vegas-owned casino complexes such as Sands and the Venetian and the territory now generates more annual gambling revenue than Las Vegas.

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