9 people died and 78 others were taken to hospital after eating sea turtle meat – World News

Sea turtle meat is a delicacy among the people of Zanzibar although it periodically leads to deaths from botulism, a type of food poisoning.

Sea turtle meat is considered a delicacy among the people of Zanzibar (Getty Images/iStockPhoto)

Authorities revealed that nine people died and 78 others were hospitalized after eating sea turtle meat on Pemba Island in the Zanzibar archipelago.

Sea turtle meat is a delicacy among the people of Zanzibar although it periodically leads to deaths from botulism, a type of food poisoning.




Dr Haji Bakari, Makwani District Medical Officer, said the adult who died late on Friday was the mother of one of the children who died earlier. He said the turtle meat was consumed on Tuesday.

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Bakari said that laboratory tests confirmed that all the victims ate sea turtle meat.

Authorities in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region in the East African nation of Tanzania, sent a disaster management team led by Hamza Hassan Juma, who urged people to avoid consuming sea turtles.

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In November 2021, seven people, including a 3-year-old child, died in Pemba after eating turtle meat while three others were hospitalized.

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