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Monday, June 6, 2011

Ukraine : Sanitary Service, Veterinary Service Ban Sale Of Fish Caught Near Mariupol, Donetsk Region Over Cholera

Article from Ukraine News :

" The State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service and the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service, in order to prevent cholera from spreading, from June 4 imposed a temporal ban on sale of fish caught in the Kalmius river and in the water area near Mariupol, Donetsk region, in the Sea of Azov, reads a joint order by the Chief State Medical Officer of Donetsk region, Viktor Denisenko, and the region's Chief Veterinary Medicine State Inspector, Anatolii Pryhodin, dated June 4.

The prohibition applies to sale of live, jerky and smoked fish at the markets and at all enterprises of wholesale and retail trade in Donetsk region.

Sale of such fish of any origin without documents proving its safety, quality and origin is forbidden too.

Moreover, they have imposed a permanent ban on sale of foodstuffs of animal and plant origin at the markets not equipped with state veterinary and sanitary examination laboratories.

The order also says that the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Veterinary Medicine Inspector of Donetsk region, having studied materials of an epidemiologic investigation, found out that cases of cholera in Mariupol linked to consumption or processing fish caught in the water area of the Sea of Azov near Mariupol and in the Kalmius river in Mariupol.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, as of 7am of June 6, 14 people with confirmed cholera were staying in the infectious disease ward of the city hospital No.4.

the first three people who contracted cholera in Mariupol were taken to hospital on May 29.

According to preliminary conclusions, the disease contracted via occurrence of seawater in human body or eating fish from the Sea of Azov."

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