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Wilderness: Pufferfish Poisoning (cont.)

Pufferfish Poisoning Symptoms

  • Symptoms generally occur 10-45 minutes after eating the pufferfish poison and begin with numbness and tingling around the mouth, salivation, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Symptoms may progress to paralysis, loss of consciousness, and respiratory failure, and can lead to death.

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