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Red tide likely cause of food poisoning in Dhofar

26 Oct 2020

Governorate of Dhofar have registered several cases of food poisoning related to consumption of some types of shellfish locally known as Al Zuka and Al Fadhq. 

The ministry said the fish likely contained toxic substances as a result of the beaches being affected by the red tide phenomenon.

In such cases, the infected person may suffer various difficulties including numbness, weakened movement, shortness of breath, vomiting and diarrhoea.

MoH has urged fishermen and consumers to take caution and refrain from eating fish  from the areas affected by the red tide.

Red tide is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom, an event in which estuarine or marine algae accumulate rapidly in the water column, or ‘bloom’. 

These algae, more correctly termed phytoplankton, are microscopic, single-celled, plant-like organisms that can form dense, visible patches near the water’s surface.


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