- Title: ITALY: CHOLERA THREATENS ITALIANS WHO EAT RAW FISH
- Date: 26th October 1994
- Summary: FIUMICINO AND ROME, ITALY (OCTOBER 26, 1994) (RTV -- ACCESS ALL) FIUMICINO 1. GVS FISHING BOATS TIED UP AT QUAYSIDE 0.12 2. GVS FISH STALLS CLOSED AT WHOLESALE MARKET 0.15 3. GV MAN WITH ROD FISHING 0.22 4. SCU FISH TRADER SAYING THAT CHOLERA BROKE OUT IN BARI BECAUSE OF THE SEWAGE BUT THAT THINGS ARE DIFFERENT IN FIUMICINO (ITALIAN) 0.29 5. SV FISHWIFE OPEN FOR BUSINESS 0.36 ROME 6.CU FISH IN BOX ON DISPLAY 0.38 7.SV PEOPLE BUYING FISH 0.42 8.SCU WOMAN BUYER SAY THE DANGER COMES FROM EATING RAW FISH UT IN ROME PEOPLE DON'T EAT RAW FISH.THEY EAT IT IN BARI ND PLACES LIKE THAT (ENGLISH) 0.56 9.SVS MARKET SCENES 1.08 FIUMICINO 10.GV FISHING BOATS IN HARBOUR 1.23 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 10th November 1994 12:00
- Location: FIUMICINO AND ROME; ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVA2996357FGIZHBXR9JKA5LGFUB
- Story Text: Two further cases of cholera were confirmed in the Italian port of Bari on Monday (October 31), bringing the number of people struck down by the illness to 10, the Italian Health Ministry said.
The latest victims -- two women aged 35 and 59 -- were reported to be recovering in local hospitals. One of the women is said to have fallen ill after eating raw seafood, the second after eating uncooked vegetables.
The cholera outbreak has hit Italy's fishing industry hard.
Since Sunday (October 30) fleet owners and fishermen say prices have fallen by about 30 per cent nationwide with up to 90 per cent of catches unsold at the quayside.
At Rome's main fish market few traders have been open for business. Rome obtains its fish supply from the western port of Fiumicino, but not one of the 50 fishing boats in that port had put to sea.
One trader in the port said his sales had dropped from about 700 United States (U.S.) dollars per day to about 70 U.S. dollars.
"Cholera broke out in (the southeastern port of) Bari because they have sewage running straight into the sea. We fishermen eat raw fish all the time, we have been it all our lives and it has never harmed us." While tonnes of fish remained unsold at Rome's main wholesale market, some Romans continued to buy from their local traders in Piazza Vittorio.
"I buy fish because I trust this stall," a housewife confidently declared.
"I think there is a problem with fish in Italy only in those areas where it's eaten raw. But not here in Rome."
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