Health professionals collect samples of infected fish in Aweil

A team of lab technicians from the National Ministry of animal resource and partners collect samples as part of the investigation of fish infection in Aweil Northern Bahr El Ghazal state. They say the samples will will taken to Juba for laboratory analysis and the result will be known by the end of the week.

Mr. Samuel Ajiing Uguak, is the Director of Animal health in Northern Bahr El Gazal. He said the team has visited Nyamlel in Aweil West one of the county where the first case were reported two weeks ago. Adding that they have warned people not to eat catfish as the investigation is underway to find out the cause of wounds.

“The doctors took the samples, and by tomorrow we shall be in Arroyo to take more samples and the result will be out on Friday”, he said

He said the infection has been a concern among fishermen and community members after they caught them with wound and very much common among catfish. 

Some residents in Aweil East have expressed concern about drinking water directly from the river saying they are worried about health risk that may be associated with fish infection.

Some people have reported experiencing diarrhea, itching in their bodies, although no evidence linking it with fish infection.

Last week doctor from UN FAO, and Veterinaire Sans Frontiere VSF in collaboration with the government arrived in Aweil to investigate the cause of fish infection in the state.