Close  

Meal of puffer fish kills 2 fishermen, downs 10

/ 07:39 AM June 09, 2011

BACOLOD CITY — Two fishermen died while 10 others were taken to a hospital after eating puffer fish, authorities said on Monday.

The fatalities were identified as Jose Artajo, 62, owner of the vessel from Cadiz City and Nixon Legaspi, 35, of Escalante City. Artajo, Legaspi and their companions ate the puffer fish on Saturday while they were at sea aboard a fishing boat.

ADVERTISEMENT

Escalante City health officials said the fishermen caught the puffer fish on June 1 and kept it in their vessel’s cold storage area. They cooked the fish on June 4, according to Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Negros Occidental provincial health officer.

Artajo suffered chest pains immediately after eating the puffer fish and had wanted to eat garlic, thinking his blood pressure shot up, according to Tumimbang. He was rushed to Vicente Gustilo District Hospital in Escalante at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and was declared dead on arrival.

FEATURED STORIES

Legaspi, on the other hand, was declared dead on arrival at the same hospital at 4:50 p.m. Saturday. /INQUIRER

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Food Poisoning, Puffer fish
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.