Tilapia fish skin helps burn victims heal in Brazil

Americas Now

A new treatment for serious skin burns is being tested by researchers in Brazil. They are applying the skin of the tilapia fish directly onto the wounds of burn victims.

As with humans, the skin of the fish contains a high content of collagen.

The test results have shown the tilapia treatment not only reduces pain but medical expenses as well.

While China has conducted medical trials with the fish skin on lab animals, Brazil is the first country to test it on humans. Three hundred patients have already participated in the study.

Correspondent Miuda Valls reports from Fortaleza on this effective and economical new treatment.

The tilapia skin trial has concluded its last clinical phase. Now, it needs to go through Brazil’s regulatory agency to be approved for commercial use.