Health Officials Warn People Not to Touch Contaminated Seafood at NYC Asian Markets

by , 03/06/14
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A rare skin infection contracted through touching contaminated seafood has afflicted at least 30 people in the New York City area. Health officials are warning New Yorkers to avoid touching raw fish and seafood at Asian markets in Flushing, Queens; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and Chinatown in Manhattan with bare hands. The infection presents itself as swollen red bumps on the skin and occurs when Mycobacterium marinum bacteria enters the body through cuts in the skin.

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  1. Victoria Douglas April 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I see Asians fish in the hudson river every spring, summer and fall. A guy comes and picks up the fish on a bike and rushes off towards China Town. I told them they shouldn\\\’t eat the fish because it\\\’s contaminated and they laughed and said we don\\\’t eat it! I told the park rangers and they just tell them we throw them back and I told them they do not! So this year I will filmed them with my phone!

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