State Agencies Respond to Inaccurate Reports on Mycobacteriosis in Chesapeake Bay Rockfish

Four Maryland state agencies released a joint fact sheet to correct information that had been recently reported about striped bass infected with mycobacteriosis and the potential for human health concerns. The Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment, and Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed that Chesapeake Bay striped bass are safe to eat when thoroughly cooked, and continue to advise the public not to eat uncooked rockfish. Health officials also verified that people who have contact with striped bass through fishing, transportation or preparation of food dishes should not be overly concerned with mycobacteriosis infections if they follow basic hygiene precautions, including hand-washing.

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