Epidemic Hazard – India ocean – Madagascar

EDIS Number: EH-20110408-30230-MDG
Date / time: 08/04/2011 21:08:02 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: India ocean
Country: Madagascar
State/County: Region of Atsimo-Andrefana
Location: Toliara
Number of Deads: 14 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 120 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


At least 14 people have died in Madagascar from poisoned fish. Around 120 other people are seriously ill, with some in hospitals, after ingesting the toxic sardines which had been caught in the south-western town of Toliara. Samples of the fish have been sent for analysis. In previous food poisoning incidents the contaminated sardines had eaten poisonous seaweed, which now proliferates on local reefs. Officials have blamed global warming and changed sea conditions for the incident.

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