Oysters not safe for human consumption

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources warned members of the public not to consume oysters from the Aquapark 4 production area (Salt Pans) in Walvis Bay.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources issued a warning that oysters from Walvis Bay are not safe for human consumption.

MFMR executive director Annely Haiphene said in a statement that oyster samples from Aquapark 4, in the Walvis Bay production area (Salt Pans), have been tested for microbiological contamination during the most recent official sampling and testing facilitated by the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) as part of the National Shellfish Sanitation Programme. “The latest test results from oyster samples that were submitted for testing indicate positive for the presence of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and therefore it is potentially unsafe to consume oysters until further notice by the ministry.”

She further explained that the bacteria found in the oysters, Vibrio Parahaemolyticus naturally inhabit coastal waters where oysters live. "This bacteria causes diarrhea primarily after the consumption of raw or undercooked seafood. The typical clinical symptoms of poisoning by this bacteria are acute dysentery and abdominal pain, accompanied by diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and water-like stools. Immediate medical assistance is required when any of these symptoms occur after eating molluscan shellfish.”