A Friday (Feb 1) lunch at a Toa Payoh preschool left 14 children vomiting and having diarrhoea.
On Sunday, a spokesman from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said the AVA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) are investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the preschool.
The spokesman added that as of Saturday, 14 of the cases were reported to have developed symptoms of gastroenteritis.
The affected children, aged between three and six, started vomiting from about 3.30pm on Friday. None have been hospitalised.
When contacted, PCF corporate affairs manager Samuel Ng told The Straits Times that parents of the affected children were informed as soon as possible.
“We remain in close contact with the affected children’s parents and will monitor the situation,” he said.
Speaking to Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao, a parent who did not wish to be named said he was informed about the incident at about 5pm on Friday. His daughter had vomited thrice by then.
“My daughter vomited five more times at the clinic and when she returned home. The school should have contacted us immediately, and not waited for two hours,” he said.
Mr Ng explained that Toa Payoh West Sparkletots had engaged a caterer since Nov 15 last year, after the in-house cook resigned.
PCF did not disclose the name of the caterer.
He added that the matter has been reported to the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and MOH.
ST has contacted ECDA for more information.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.
(Photo: Lianhe Wanbao)