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Friday, January 20, 2012

29 fall ill to fish poisoning, Fiji

THE Northern Division has recorded 29 cases of fish poisoning.

According to the Health Ministry, these are the only cases recorded nationwide.

Ministry spokesman Peni Namotu said hospitals on Viti Levu had not received any reports of fish poisoning.

"The only reports of fish poisoning are from Labasa Hospital," he said.

"And we continue to plead with the public to be very careful when buying fish."

Mr Namotu said the patients treated at Labasa Hospital suffered from diarrhoea, low blood pressure and dehydration.

The first patients were seen over the Christmas weekend while some were taken in on New Year's weekend.

Last week, another 10 were transferred from the Seaqaqa Health Centre to Labasa Hospital.

Mr Namotu appealed to people not to eat fish during this period because of the likelihood of it being poisonous, especially damu, (twospot red snapper) and the yellow-tailed ogo (barracuda). Read More