Biting fish injure more than 70 sunbathers in Argentina

A man is treated after he was bitten by a palometa, a relative of a piranha, while wading in the Parana River in Rosario, Argentina. Dozens of sunbathers were attacked by fish Wednesday.

A 7-year-old girl lost part of a finger and dozens more suffered bite wounds when a relative of the piranha attacked swimmers at a popular beach.

BUENOS AIRES – 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 on Thursday.

A 7-year-old girl lost part of a finger and dozens more 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.

"This is not normal," Cornier said on television. "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."

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The attack happened off the popular beaches of the Parana River near Rosario, about 185 miles north of Buenos Aires, where many Argentines were seeking relief from a heat wave over the holiday.

(Reporting By Alejandro Lifschitz, Writing by Mitra Taj)

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