What is the issue ?
- Dangerous multiple drug-resistant versions of bacteria with human health implications have been detected in Indian major carp (Rohu), a popular aquaculture fish consumed across India.
What has been found and what it means :
Scientists found that Rohu fish were carrying a pathogen associated with hospital-acquired infections.
The invader, Raoultella ornithinolytica is a multi drug-resistant bacteria that is known to inhabit aquatic environments.
For the first time, the presence of such a pathogen in the gastrointestinal tract of a widely consumed fish in the country, has highlighted the extent of improper hospital waste management and water pollution that has resulted in contamination of the aquatic environment.
The issue is alarming because Rohu is a very popular freshwater fish in India and its contamination by a serious pathogen can lead to a major public health hazard.
What can consumption of such infected fish cause ?
- The pathogen can cause typhoid, diarrhoea, diabetic foot, urinary tract infection and biliary tract infections, pneumonia, meningitis, cerebral abscess, conjuctivitis and skin infections.
About rohu :
- Is the most important species among the three Indian major carp species used in carp polyculture systems.
- Widely consumed across the country
- Natural inhabitant of the riverine systems of northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.