People should not eat snail: Food watchdog

The Food Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health July 27 said that some people died because of eating snail as food or medications.

Lately, hospitals in the central city of Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City have admitted and treated cases of food poisoning as people have snail as food or medication. Fretting the situation will spread widely, the health authority confirmed that there had no study about the use of medium-sized edible snails in the nature as food.

Consequently, people should not follow folk wisdom or baseless rumor to serve snail as a food. People should not absolutely eat raw snail, or underdone.

Residents should conduct environment sanitation, kill rats and snail to curb biological life cycle of nematode worm A. cantonensis to prevent diseases. If people suffer symptoms such as fever, headache, stomachache, vomiting and rash, they should go to nearby medical clinics to receive timely treatment.

By Minh Khang - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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