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POISON NEWS
Six dead after turtle feast
Source: The Star, November 13, 2010
   
 

Wellington (New Zealand) -  Six people have reportedly died and more than 90 taken ill in Micronesia after eating endangered turtle.  The deaths, which included four children, occurred after a feast on the island of Murilo where the rare hawksbill turtle was consumed.

World Health Organization officials said the deaths was a result of chelonitoxism, a type of poisoning caused by biotoxins in turtle flesh for which there is no known antidote.

Hawksbill turtles are a species known to cause chelonitoxism and children are  particularly vulnerable to the condition.  The nationís health authorities have recommended a complete ban on eating turtles and their eggs as a result of the deaths.


   
     
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