Fish Contaminated with 'Zulican' Virus After Tsunami
Text messages and forwarded emails warn Asian consumers to avoid eating seafood because fish killed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami are supposedly infected with a deadly virus called 'Zulican.'
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: Dec. 2004
Analysis: See last page
Email contributed by R. Nazim, Dec. 30, 2004:
VERY DANGEROUS VIRUS, ZULICAN VIRUS IS SPREADING THROUGH SEA FOOD SO, PLEASE AVOID EATING SEA FOODS AND PASS THIS MESSAGE TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS.
ESPECIALLY, PEOPLE RESIDING IN SRI LANKA, INDIA, MALDIVES, INDONESIA, ETC., (SOUTH EAST COUNTRIES). BEWARE OF THIS ISSUE.
Email contributed by S. Izzo, Dec. 30, 2004:
Subject: RE: Alert everybody After Tsunami dangerous VIRUS call ZULICAN is spreading through sea food
Below message I received from well known person from Sri Lanka. Then I thought of share with all of you.
I am not so sure it's effected only around Indian ocean. It's up to you to decide ???
Very dangerous virus called ZULICAN is spreading through sea food.
So pls avoid eating sea foods & pass this message to all of your friends and relatives
Email contributed by J. Fong, Jan. 11, 2005:
Subject: RE: Warning - Seafood and fishballs from Asia
Reported in all Chinese media in HK.
Don't eat fish for a while. Thousands of fish Died at Telok Bahang after the tsunami. Very dangerous virus called ZULICAN is spreading through sea food. So do avoid eating seafoods including fish balls.
And pass this onto friends overseas in Canada, Australia, Europe, Middle East. Where we are aware of this info in Asia, the unscrupulous will export the fishballs to destinations outside of Asia. Processed fishballs are ALWAYS made from deadfish. Trouble is you don't really know if those fish died while having this virus.
When we eat fish balls at home and in eatery places, Fish Balls are always eaten lightly cooked for texture.