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Puffer fish poisoning.
  1. F L Lau,
  2. C K Wong,
  3. S H Yip
  1. Accident and Emergency Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong.


    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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