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March 9, 1957


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JAMA. 1957;163(10):874. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450076020

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To the Editor:—  It is with great interest that I have read the original article "Food Poisoning Caused by the Great Barracuda" by Sidney Paetro, Sanitarian of the Broward County Health Department, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., published in the September, 1956, issue of Public Health Reports, page 933, and your editorial in The Journal, Jan. 12, 1957, page 118. As former epidemiologist in Dade County, Miami, Fla., I recall that our department was annually alerted to this problem. This situation has been recurring for years, and much has been studied and written in south Florida concerning the matter of barracuda poisoning. In our experience the clinical picture was typical, as described by all of the investigators. Personal research seemed to indicate that the larger the fish the greater the chance for toxic reactions in the consumer. Many meals including filleted small barracuda were enjoyed by us without any untoward incident. In

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