Fuzhou, Fujian Province, is currently the site of a dangerous giant snail “invasion”. The species involved, the African giant snail, can transmit deadly diseases like tuberculosis and meningitis with a single touch. More importantly, it looks disgusting.
The first invader was spotted by citizen resident Miss Cao on one of the streets of Fuizhou, indicates Xinhua. According to the same report, the African giant snail is a major threat for more than 500 kinds of crops and can even eat cement.
Specialists recommend to cook food touched by the giant snail at temperatures above 100 degree celsius since it can simply transmit diseases by crawling over the surface of vegetables and fruits alike.
Despite multiple warnings, the giant snail can still be found in Fuzhou markets at the price of five yuan per kilogram, said a market vendor.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Images via Rospix and Xinhua]