Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

Public advised to avoid puffer fish as another suspected case is reported in Hong Kong

Public domain photo/Jh12 via wikimedia commons

Public domain photo/Jh12 via wikimedia commons

In a follow-up to a story last Friday, the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is advising the public not to eat puffer fish as another suspected case is being investigated, according to a CHP press release Dec. 27.

According to the release, the case involved a 60-year-old woman who developed lower limb weakness and dizziness about five hours after consuming a puffer fish for dinner with her friends in Shenzhen yesterday (December 26). The puffer fish was caught by patient’s friend at Shenzhen.

She was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital this morning and is receiving intensive care in a stable condition.

This is the third case of puffer fish poisoning reported this month. A 32-year-old man was poisoned in early December and a 32-year-old woman was sickened last week.

Puffer fish poisoning, or tetrodotoxication is an acute and potentially life threatening illness after eating puffer fish, or fugu. The mortality rate of this type of food poisoning is around 60%.

A CHP spokesperson said the toxin is heat-stabile, thus it is not affected by cooking or boiling. “Avoiding eating puffer fish is the best way to prevent puffer fish poisoning”, according to health personnel.

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