Botulism cases being probed

December 1, 2022

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today urged people who have received botulinum toxin injections at a beauty premises in Jordan and presented with botulism symptoms to contact it as soon as possible.


The beauty premises, CC Beauty, is located in Hang Bong Commercial Centre at 28 Shanghai Street.


The centre said it is following up on three probable botulism cases who had received botulinum toxin injections at the premises earlier.


An enquiry hotline 2125 2372 has been set up for relevant botulism cases, which operates from 9am to 5.30pm.


People who present with symptoms of neurological system impairment such as drooping eyelids, double or blurred vision, problems with chewing, hoarseness, difficulties in swallowing, speaking or breathing after receiving injections at the premises should call the hotline immediately. CHP officers will assess their condition and arrange for a follow-up as appropriate.


The centre pointed out that due to the weakening of associated muscles and the fact that the botulinum toxin may spread and affect other areas beyond the injection site, affected patients may present with symptoms within hours, days or weeks after the injection.


Noting that botulinum toxin injections should only be performed by a locally registered doctor, the Department of Health reminded the public to understand the identity of the service provider and browse the Medical Council's list of registered medical practitioners to check for the service provider's professional qualifications and relevant experience.

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