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Mozambique warns of red spot disease among fish

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Mozambique’s fishery authorities say they are on high alert for a potential outbreak of red spot disease after a recent outbreak in neighbouring Malawi.

According to reporting in Market Watch and Xinhua News Agency, Mozambican fish producers are being told to report any potential cases of epizootic ulcerative syndrome (EUS), or red spot disease, to local authorities. The disease can cause mortalities in some fish species and can cause catastrophic losses on fish farms. In Mozambique specifically, an outbreak could pose a serious threat to regional inland aquaculture operations.

"In case of suspicion of the existence of a possible case of the EUS, the fishermen must send us samples so that we examine them and understand if we are facing that disease or not," said the Director of the Research and Aquaculture Center Rafael Rafael at a press conference in Maputo.

Though the disease is not deadly to humans, consumers are warned not to eat any fish that have been infected with red spot disease.

"People should not consume animals that are possibly infected by this disease because they can transmit other kinds of bacteria to humans," said the director.

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