Wendy Lam Oi-lai, 31, worked as a helper in a dental clinic for four years until this January when her father retired and she took over his business in Quarry Bay market - a frozen meat stall selling fish balls, beef balls and chicken wings. At first she had difficulty adapting to her new career - coming from a hygienic clinic to a wet and dirty market, but she coped pretty well until this week. Now she feels pressured by fears of an outbreak of cholera. Ms Lam is single. She lives in Wan Chai. What's on your mind? I hope there will be no more cholera cases. And I hope the Health Department will find out the source of the disease as soon as possible so something can be done to stop it spreading. I am a hawker selling fish balls and other frozen meat. Fears of an outbreak of cholera, without knowing what food or which food-handling procedure goes wrong, may discourage people from buying my food. So far my business has been all right. My customers know me well and trust my food. But some of them still ask me if the fish balls and chicken wings are clean. They need my verbal guarantee. I am afraid my business will drop if the authorities fail to find out the source of the disease and let it spread. What are you going to do to keep your business? This is the first summer since I have taken up the business. I have consulted my father and other colleagues about what I should pay attention to make sure the food will not turn bad. Now I stock less meat and try to make sure I sell out of stock each day. I keep about five to 10 catties of each of the meat balls a day. Fried fish balls perish more quickly so I try to keep less stock. Is the Government doing enough to check hygiene? Yes. Some government inspectors come to the market to check our stalls from time to time. We are not allowed to place our tables and chairs outside our shops. And they get our food samples for testing. Sometimes they are quite annoying. I think people should not only rely on the authorities and hawkers. No matter how clean our food is, people have to cook it well otherwise they will become ill. The public should take the responsibility as well.