THERE have been confirmed cases of contaminated fish in St Kitts and Nevis.
This was confirmed by Dr Judy Nisbett, Chair of the Nevis Covid-19 Task Force and Medical Officer of Health who stated patients had to go for treatment at the Alexandra Hospital, St Kitts and Nevis Observer reported.
Nisbett said, “We have had confirmed cases of fish poisoning reported from the Alexandra Hospital, however, it’s not a large number of reports. We had five last week.
“We are now determining the cause, if there is a link to any particular source, and after we have done that investigation, we will be able to say for sure if there is a particular site that fishermen, for example, should not fish.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources in St Kitts issued a press release earlier this week stating that the Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources was investigating reports of fish poisoning in St. Kitts.
The Basseterre Fisheries Complex was most affected and had suspended its Fresh Fish Programme until an investigation was completed.
The ministry stated, “The Department is taking the necessary steps to ensure food safety and in so doing is examining its current stock of fish at the Basseterre Fisheries Complex that was being offered for sale.
“Additional measures to address these reports include the removal of all fish from the complex and the sanitising of the complex. The investigations are continuing with the assistance of the Bureau of Standards. All protocols are being reviewed with an effort to identifying and mitigating any public health threats. The Department wishes to advise all concerned that if an illness is suspected related to fish poisoning, medical care should be sought immediately and public health authorities should be notified.”