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Nine people died after eating sea turtle meat, 78 people were hospitalized

Zanzibar. Eight children and a woman died and 78 others were hospitalized after eating sea turtle meat on Pemba island in the Zanzibar archipelago. Officials gave this information on Saturday.

The people of Zanzibar eat sea turtle meat with great gusto, despite frequent incidents of death due to food poisoning. Makoani District Medical Officer Dr. Haji Bakri said that a woman died after consuming poisonous food late on Friday night.

He told that one of the children of this woman was also among the children who died after eating sea turtle meat. He told that these people had eaten turtle meat on Tuesday. Bakri told The Associated Press that laboratory tests confirmed that all the people had eaten sea turtle meat.

Authorities in Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of the East African country Tanzania, dispatched a disaster management team that urged people not to eat sea turtle meat. In November 2021, seven people, including a three-year-old child, died and three others were hospitalized after eating turtle meat in Pemba.

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