Poisonous turtle meat kills seven people in Zanzibar

Seven people died and dozens more were hospitalized after consuming poisonous turtle meat in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar.

In a message shared on Twitter, Zanzibar President Hussein Mwinyi expressed condolences to the families of the deceased.

Following the incident, 24 other people were admitted to a hospital in Pemba.

Turtle meat is a popular delicacy among the people who live along the Indian Ocean’s coast.

It is believed that the one consumed was from a poisonous species.

Following the incident, Pemba Police Chief Juma Sadi banned the consumption of turtle meat.

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