6 food poisoning cases from Fesikh: Min. of Health
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CAIRO: Six people suffered from food poisoning after ingesting fesikh, a traditional fermented salted fish, Monday during spring celebrations, said the Ministry of Health.

The cases from three governorates, Cairo, Alexandria and Kafr el-Sheikh, were transferred to hospitals to receive treatment.

Fesikh is usually eaten during the Sham el-Nessim festival, which marks the beginning of the spring and falls on the Monday after Coptic Easter.

The ministry previously warned citizens against eating the traditional dish, as it carries a risk of botulism, which can be fatal or cause paralysis.

Fesikh is prepared by letting the raw fish dry in the sun, then is cured in salt for months.

In order to kill potential poisons in the fesikh, the ministry said in an earlier statement the salty fish should be cooked to a temperature of 100 degrees for 10 minutes.

Tons of spoiled fesikh were impounded at markets by the authorities, hours before the spring celebrations began.

Anyone who feels initial symptoms of poisoning like blurred sight, dry throat, muscle weakness or difficulty in breathing and swallowing should head to the closest hospital to receive treatment within 24 hours, the Ministry of Health warned.

Additional reporting by Waleed Abdel Salam

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