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J Accid Emerg Med. 1995 September; 12(3): 214–215.
PMCID: PMC1342486

Puffer fish poisoning.


Seven Vietnamese boat-people in Tai A Chau Detention Centre in Hong Kong caught, barbecued and ate a puffer fish. After 2 h, two of them developed severe symptoms of numbness and vomiting, while the remaining five subjects developed symptoms about 18 h later. They were all transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. One patient died, and the others made an uneventful recovery.

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