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Ackee Fruit Poisoning in Eight Siblings: Implications for Public Health Awareness

Oludolapo Sherifat Katibi, Rasaq Olaosebikan, Mohammed Baba Abdulkadir, Taofik Oluwaseun Ogunkunle, Rasheedah Mobolaji Ibraheem, Rukayat Murtala
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2015, 93 (5): 1122-3
Ackee apple fruit is a native fruit to Jamaica and some parts of west Africa. Its toxicity known as "Jamaican vomiting sickness" dates back to the nineteenth century. However, there is a dearth of reported published data on toxicity from Nigeria where it is popularly known in the southwest as "ishin." We report a case series of eight previously well Nigerian siblings who presented at various intervals after ingestion of roasted seeds and aril of the ackee fruit.

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