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Six hospitalised in Alexandria, after eating rotten fish on Sham El-Nessim

Pickled tilapia may be tradition on the annual celebration of spring, but badly prepared it often results in food poisoning

Ahram Online , Monday 13 Apr 2015
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Six people were hospitalised in Egypt's coastal city Alexandria on Monday, after they ate badly preserved "fesikh", a traditional dish of pickled tilapia fish, according to the Ahram Arabic news website

Fesikh is traditionally eaten on Shem El-Nesim, a millennia-old celebration of the beginning of spring, that is today a national holiday in Egypt.

Its preparation involves steeping the tilapia fish in vinegar for up to one year. If not prepared properly, it can easily cause food poisoning.

Magdi Hegazy, a deputy at the health ministry, said that all hospitals in the coastal city had made the necessary preparations to receive emergency cases.

Today, Shem El-Nesim is celebrated on the Monday that follows Coptic Christian Easter.

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