Outbreak of Scombroid Fish Poisoning - Kaohsiung City

1986 Vol.2 NO.8

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On July 4, 1986, 41 employees of a Kaohsiung City department store were hospitalized shortly after eating lunch in the employee cafeteria. Onset of illness occurred within a few minutes to a few hours of eating lunch and symptoms consisted of facial flushing, dizziness, headache, palpitations, and perioral numbness. Several hospitalized employees were treated with antihistamines and showed immediate improvement. Duration of illness was short; all recovered within 24 hours. Rectal swabs collected from 22 persons were negative for routine bacterial pathogens.