An outbreak of a rare skin infection has been detected amongst live and raw seafood handlers in the city’s Chinatowns in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
The Health Department released a statement this morning about the bacteria, called Mycobacterium. The bacteria has been found on the hands of those individuals who have handled the contaminated products.
The bacteria enters the individual through cuts on the hands and causes “red, tender swelling under the skin of the hands and arms” and causes hand or arm pain and difficulty moving fingers. If left untreated, surgical treatment may be required. The Department of Health encourages anyone who handles raw seafood to wear gloves.
There is apparently no risk for anyone who chooses to eat the food from these markets. Cooking methods may kill the bacteria, but raw preparation and consuming, such as sushi, may not be so safe. The DOH claims there is no risk associated with eating the fish or seafood.
If you or a loved one has been seriously sickened or injured as a result of handling or consuming a contaminated food product, contact us for help today.