Part-timers at ho­tel events also hit by bug

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At least five of them fell ill at Man­darin Or­chard, says dad of a vic­tim

She was work­ing part-time as a wait­ress at Man­darin Or­chard Ho­tel after com­plet­ing her Olevel ex­ams, and was on duty dur­ing three ban­quets at the Grand Ball­room from last Fri­day to Sun­day.

Mr Henry Beh’s 16-year-old daugh­ter, Sharon, ate her meals at the staff can­teen and fell ill sub­se­quently. She suf­fered from di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing from Mon­day morn­ing.

Speak­ing to The New Pa­per yes­ter­day, Mr Beh said his daugh­ter, who has since re­cov­ered, was one of at least five who fell ill among her group of friends who were work­ing part­time at the ho­tel.

As of Wed­nes­day, about 175 peo­ple who at­tended four sep­a­rate events at the Grand Ball­room at Man­darin Or­chard Ho­tel have taken ill.

The Min­istry of Health (MOH), Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Agency (NEA) and Agri-Food & Vet­eri­nary Au­thor­ity of Sin­ga­pore (AVA) are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the gas­troen­teri­tis cases.

Nine of the vic­tims were hos­pi­talised, a fate the part-timers es­caped, but Mr Beh said: “It’s their very first job after their O lev­els, and it’s such a bad ex­pe­ri­ence. They are paid only a small amount for their stint, but yet a large part of it has al­ready gone to pay­ing for med­i­cal ex­penses.”

The au­thor­i­ties have sus­pended the ho­tel’s ban­quet kitchen and the Grand Ball­room has been closed for a thor­ough clean-up and dis­in­fec­tion.

Both will re­open only when the NEA gives the green light.

A spokesman for Man­darin Or­chard said the ho­tel has been in touch with the re­spec­tive or­gan­is­ers of up­com­ing events that will be af­fected, and will try to ac­com­mo­date them at other venues within its premises.

The spokesman said: “We are do­ing our very best to ac­com­mo­date the dis­placed events in other func­tion venues within the ho­tel if the ca­pac­ity of the avail­able venues al­low.

“Other­wise, we will reach out to our sis­ter ho­tel, Ma­rina Man­darin Sin­ga­pore, and other part­ner ho­tels that are able to ac­com­mo­date them.”

The spokesman urged con­cerned par­ties to get in touch via a 24-hour hot­line: +65 6831 6184.

She added that the restau­rants and other func­tion venues at the ho­tel have not been af­fected, as the kitchens and han­dling fa­cil­i­ties used are sep­a­rate.

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About 175 peo­ple who at­tended four sep­a­rate events at Man­darin Or­chard over the week­end have fallen ill from food poi­son­ing.

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