Fish therapy can be a great way to tackle your anxiety.
But some Canadians are finding it’s also been linked to serious side effects.
(The Associated Press) CBC News and the Globe and Mail are sharing some of the stories that are making headlines around the world.
CBCNews.ca: Can Cuneo’s fish therapy cure herpes?
A man who developed herpes while working in an aquarium at the Vancouver Aquarium has had his fish therapy sessions suspended, and now wants it reinstated.
The Vancouver Aquaria has said it can’t comment on individual cases, but in a statement to CBC News, the aquarium said it’s working with the provincial government and health authorities to ensure the safety of its employees and the public.CBC News has reached out to the aquarium for comment.
In a statement, the Aquarium said: “At the time of the outbreak, the fish and invertebrate species in our tank were being cared for by our trained staff and had been inoculated against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) by our microbiologists.
We are currently conducting a full-scale investigation into this outbreak to determine the full extent of the incident.
This investigation will be conducted in conjunction with our microbiological, microbiological safety and other independent bodies.”
The aquarium said there is no evidence that the fish therapy is causing the illness, and that the symptoms of HSV-1 and HSV type 2 can be treated.
The aquarium says that it has been testing fish for HSV in the water for two years and has found no evidence of HSVC2.
More than 100 people have tested positive for HSVC-2 in Canada.
Cun says she’s never had any of the symptoms associated with HSV, and says her fish therapy doesn’t make her any safer.
“It’s just making me feel worse,” Cun told CBC News.
“My anxiety and my fear are gone.”
She says she has to do the fish every week because she’s constantly worried about the virus.
“I’ve always tried to be smart, I try to eat right, but it’s just not working.
I’m so nervous and I’m feeling so anxious.”
She has also been diagnosed with a form of anxiety disorder called phobias and anxiety disorders, which affect the immune system and the brain.
“The more anxiety and fear you have, the more anxious you are and the more your immune system reacts, so when you’re in a stressful situation you can get more severe symptoms,” she said.
“That’s why I don’t have to do fish therapy anymore.”
Cuneo says she thinks her fish are doing their job, and she’s thankful to have them around.
She says the fish are so caring and have no negative side effects on her.
“They’re doing the job they’re supposed to do,” she told CBC.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing.
I think it can be used for good.”
Aquarium says it’s looking into the incident and working with health authorities.