3 hospitalised after consuming infected fish

February 19, 2013

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia – Three more people have been warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after consuming red-tide infected fish, bringing the number of victims to 49.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Shirlin said in a statement that two of the victims had consumed ikan basung or smelt fish from the Inanam market about 15 minutes’ drive from town while the other had bought the fish from Kampung Likas here.

Rosnah said investigations were being carried out to determine whether the fish were contaminated with the red algae bloom toxin.

On Friday, reports from the Kota Kinabalu health department showed that mussels consumed by the 46 warded victims since last week contained high levels of PSP toxin.

The mussels had more than 20,000 mouse units (MU) of toxin, she said, adding that a level of 4,000 MU is already considered high.

Most of the 46 earlier patients have been discharged while a man who was placed at the hospital’s intensive care unit is still in critical condition.

The red-tide phenomenon is expected to continue until June.

Source: The Star/Asia News Network

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