Think twice before purchasing exotic fish: Certain species of fish, amphibian, octopus or shellfish species—especially puffer fish—may contain tetrodotoxin. This rare but serious neurotoxin is also known as fugu poisoning.
Tetrodotoxin poisoning can be fatal in rare cases. IPC urges you to seek immediate medical treatment if you experience the symptoms below.
Take caution when purchasing and preparing fish to eat. Consumers should only purchase seafood from reputable sources.
If you suspect you consumed fish containing tetrodotoxin, it’s important to contact IPC. We’ll help identify the source and work with local authorities to ensure the fish is removed from sale to prevent a public health emergency.
Seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one have may eaten fish containing tetrodotoxin. Once you have received medical attention, notify your local health department.
IPC is here to help. Calls to our helpline, 1-800-222-1222, are free and confidential. Toxicology experts are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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