Bit­ing fish at­tack bathers in Ar­gentina

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

A swarm of bit­ing fish in­jured more than 70 peo­ple who were bathing at a pop­u­lar beach in Ar­gentina on Christ­mas, a med­i­cal of­fi­cial said last week. A 7-year-old girl had her fin­ger par­tially am­pu­tated and dozens of other peo­ple suf­fered bite wounds on their ex­trem­i­ties from the fish, a rel­a­tive of the pi­ranha called palometas, said Fed­erico Cornier, the di­rec­tor of emer­gency ser­vices in the city of Rosario. “It’s nor­mal for there to be an iso­lated bite or in­jury, but the mag­ni­tude in this case was great ... this is an ex­cep­tional event,” Cornier told TV. The at­tack hap­pened off the pop­u­lar beaches of the Parana River near Rosario, 300 kilo­me­ters north of Buenos Aires, where many Ar­gen­tines were seek­ing relief from a heat wave over the hol­i­day.

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