Puffer fish kills 3 in Leyte town
TACLOBAN CITY—Three persons died after eating puffer fish in Tabango town, Leyte on Monday (Dec. 28).
Restituto Sumalinog, 63; Lucricia Anislagon, 49; and Ramil Catam-isan, 40—all residents of the village of Tabling—were brought to the Tabango District Hospital but died there.
Four others who ate puffer fish were confined at the Leyte Provincial Hospital based in Palo town.
Puffer fish carries the toxin tetrodoxin which, according to an article in National Geographic, was 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. The NatGeo article said there’s enough toxin in one puffer fish to kill 30 adults and there is no known antidote.
In Japan, puffer fish is served raw but only after careful preparation by trained sushi chefs.
Reports reaching the regional headquarter of the Philippine National Police said Sumalinog bought puffer fish, locally known as butete, from a certain Corazon Yanon and brought them to his barbeque stand and offered it to others at a drinking spree.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Sumalinog, Anislagon and Catam-isan suffered from severe vomiting then went unconscious.