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Diseased fish from Chambeshi and Kalungu Rivers cleared for consumption

Health Diseased fish from Chambeshi and Kalungu Rivers cleared for consumption

The Ministry of Agriculture in Muchinga Province says it has received the laboratory test results for the fish samples from Chambeshi and Kalungu Rivers that were taken to Lusaka for testing.

Muchinga Principal Fisheries Officer, Dan Sinyinza has told the ZANIS in Chinsali today that laboratory test results for the fish samples on the diseased fish from Chambeshi and Kalungu Rivers have indicated that the disease affecting the fish in the two water bodies is Epizotic Ulcerative Sydrome (EUS).

Mr. Sinyinza however, said that the fish is safe to be consumed. Mr. Sinyinza has since appealed to local people to continue enjoying the fish.

Chinsali Central Member of Parliament Christopher Mulenga recently appealed to the local people in the area to stop consuming the diseased fish found in Chambeshi and Kalungu Rivers in the Province.

Addressing public meetings in his constituency recently, Mr. Mulenga who is also Defence Deputy Minister said people should stop consuming fish from the two Rivers as government was still carrying out investigations.

People living along the two river banks in Chinsali, Shiwang’andu, Isoka and Nakonde Districts, first spotted the suspected diseased fish about five months ago.

9 COMMENTS

  1. This is irresponsible. How can you clear the diseased fish for consumption withiout exhaustive investigation what short and long term risks are to people who may consume the fish. Anything animal bird fish that dies on its own poisons its flesh. Njala!

    • Jesus provided free fish. Our ancestors used to pray for abundant fish. People should just eat the fish. Sometimes is good to believe that God can provide, apatebeta Lesa ta pafuka chushi.

    • Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome is an infection caused by an oomycete fungi. According to the report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, ” The agent causing EUS does not pose any human health implications. Except for fish exhibiting deep ulcerations and tissue decay which COULD harbour secondary pathogens which may have human health implications.”
      THE FISH INFECTED WITH EUS DO NOT POSE HUMAN HEALTH HAZARDS FOR CONSUMERS. HOW EVER IT IS RECOMMENDED TO PROPERLY AND THOROUGHLY COOK SUCH FISH BEFORE EATING IT.

  2. The report doesn’t even say whether these insabi were /are suffering from headaches, leprosy, sneezing Olo anything that can be transmitted and become incurable to human beings. And almost half a year to get results. Atase

  3. Eish, tough one! How can you give such a formal authorisation for the fish when it has died of some disease, without elaborating on the disease itself – how it is transmited, whether it can affect other creatures, etc?

    • Now these Bemba fish are also feeling the pain of an irresponsible and incompetent PF Government! They must be feeling the pinch of high mealie meal prices too!

      Fish, next time vote wisely. Follow the example of all the Zambian chickens that are voting for Christmas!

  4. Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome is an infection caused by an oomycete fungi. According to the report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, ” The agent causing EUS does not pose any human health implications. Except for fish exhibiting deep ulcerations and tissue decay which COULD harbour secondary pathogens which may have human health implications.”
    THE FISH INFECTED WITH EUS DO NOT POSE HUMAN HEALTH HAZARDS FOR CONSUMERS. HOW EVER IT IS RECOMMENDED TO PROPERLY AND THOROUGHLY COOK SUCH FISH BEFORE EATING IT.

  5. @mwine. Thanks for the advise, let me cook my fish thoroughly before load shedding comes. Ooohoo too late malaiti yayenda.kikikiki

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