People warned not to eat washed-up dead fish in Ispingo

2016-03-10 15:49

Durban – The eThekwini Municipality on Thursday warned residents not to eat the dead fish that washed up beside a lagoon in Prospecton, Isipingo, on Wednesday night.

The City said experts from the Clairwood office had been sent to the area to investigate.

"We received reports on Wednesday night and a team from the Environmental Health Unit was immediately dispatched to the scene," said municipal spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa.

She said the cause of fish deaths was still unknown "but city health officials would like to appeal to the public not to collect the fish for consumption as it poses a serious health risk".

Mthethwa said reports that locals had been picking up the dead fish were worrying and the City strongly advised anyone who had collected the dead fish not eat them.

"The public is also warned not to buy suspicious fish being sold by random traders in the area. City officials are in the area educating people against picking up dead fish," Mthethwa said.

She said Durban Solid Waste was in the area conducting a clean-up.

In Cape Town, approximately 20 tons of dead fish were discovered floating in Zeekoevlei last week.

The City of Cape Town on Monday told the media that it would be removing the last five tons of the carp on Tuesday.


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