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Water hemlock could be behind buffalo fish sickness

NEW ORLEANS — Doctors don’t know why eating crawfish or buffalo fish sometimes causes the rare muscle-destroying illness that recently sickened three members of one Mississippi family. But they believe Haff disease is caused by eating bottom-feeders that have eaten the roots of a wetland plant called water hemlock. The three people who became ill in early July after eating ...

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Health Department: Buffalo fish linked to disease

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming three newly diagnosed cases of Haff disease, a rare but serious illness caused by an unidentified toxin in buffalo fish that can cause a condition called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a muscle injury syndrome that causes pain, stiffness and rarely, kidney damage. The three Mississippi cases are members of one family and are ...

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