Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has taken fish samples from Singapore’s coastal fish farms and tested them to be infected with Vibrio, a type of marine bacteria.
According to Channel NewsAsia, a total of 44 farms are affected, including two farms in Lim Chu Kang, which have lost about 60 tonnes of fish to the infection.
“I started with 8,000 fish. I’m only left with 200 to 300-plus fish,” shared Phillip Lim, Chairman of Singapore Marine Aquaculture Cooperative.
“For farmers like us who don’t have the equipment, we need more professional help to advise us on what to do. Vibrio is quite dangerous as it can infect humans too,” he added.
Although Vibrio is found naturally in tropical marine environments, humans may get infected by consuming undercooked seafood or exposing an open wound to sea water.
Symptoms of the infection include diarrhoea, nausea and fever.
Experts say warm weather and rising sea surface temperatures have led to the rapid growth of marine micro-organisms, which release toxins that kill the fish.
The public is advised to fully cook fish from local markets before consumption.