Salmonella: Dr Mohammad Jowahir “La maladie causée par la salmonelle peut être mortelle”

We are at the Port Louis market at 3:15 PM. Chicken traders are delighted and there are many consumers. We will see more closely. “e ne savais pas que des poussins étaient affectés par cette maladie (NdlR, la salmonelle), sinon je n’en aurais pas acheté.” Patrick Saden including many consumers are not aware that farms of chickens have been affected by a salmonella outbreak. “Je n’ai pas vraiment le temps d’écouter la radio, je n’ai rien entendu,” says Céline Pierre, another client.

Do they really care? Not really, if one relies to the comment of Celine Pierre. “Je l’ai (NdlR, le poulet) acheté, je dois le manger,” she says flatly.

However, some merchants do not want to spread on the subject. “Pa tir foto ! Sa maladi-la menti sa. Banla pé koz menti!,” shouts one of them. For his part, another merchant Lookharry Nizam is more conciliatory: “J’achète mes poulets chez de grands fournisseurs. De toute façon, les poulets adultes ne sont pas affectés.” He says that the sale of chicken has been no decline for now. Our interlocutor, however, reveals that he is worried about the future. If this epidemic is growing, he feared, restaurants, retailers and farmers will be affected.

What about meat merchants? In this part of the market, the mood is gloomy. Empty stalls could be seen and the lack of customers. Yasir Khan, who sells frozen meat, says that six merchants are unemployed for two weeks because they do not receive fresh meat. Sales has declined by half, according to him.

Rahim Boodhoo, aged 73, is a meat seller and waits for the customers to come take their share of beef. Has the FMD affected sales? “Pa koné si la vant inn bésé. Péna bef, gouvernman bizin donn nou bef parski sa 1 100 bef Socovia-la, zot pa malad,” he insists.

Questions to Dr. Mohammad Jowahir, Vice President of Private Medical Practitioners Association: “La maladie causée par la salmonelle peut être mortelle?”

Définitivement ! Encore une fois, cela dépend de la gravité de la maladie. La contamination peut être ‘mild, moderate or severe’. De plus, les personnes âgées ou atteintes d’une maladie chronique et les enfants sont les plus à risques de contracter une maladie causée par cette bactérie. Les symptômes sont beaucoup plus forts chez eux.

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