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(English) Poisoning resulting from eating the livers of ichthyohepatotoxic fishes. A high concentration of vitamin A is believed to be an important factor in the poisoning: ordinary cooking does not destroy the poison. Symptoms appear within 1/2 to 12 hours with maximum intensity usually within 7 hours after ingestion and consist of nausea, vomiting, fever and headache. Mild diarrhoea and facial flushing may occur. Large areas of skin may peel off between 3-30 days. Recovery is usually uneventful and no fatalities have been reported. (See also: ichthyohepatotoxic fishes, ichthyohepatotoxin, fish poisoning)

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