Consumers in St. Kitts have been advised to use extreme caution when consuming fish on the island after several cases of fish poisoning were reported to the Ministry of Health recently.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws made the revelation that 15 cases of fish poisoning have so far been recorded during a special NEOC briefing last week Wednesday.
15 cases of fish poisoning have been reported by the JNF General Hospital and Mary Charles Hospital during the last 5 weeks and it is significant and that’s why we are bringing it to the public’s attention.
The communities affected are: Bird Rock, Tabernacle and Phillips’.
Bird Rock reported 3 cases, followed by Tabernacle and Phillips’ village. 80% of the total cases presented with vomiting, 60% of the cases presented with diarrhoea and 27% of the cases presented with lethargy.
The last 4 cases were reported by the Mary Charles Hospital in Molineux with similar symptoms.
The last two cases came in on October 26 and two cases on October 27. And so again fish poisoning.
Dr. Laws warned that all members of the public should be very careful when consuming fish.