ackee poisoning

ack·ee poi·son·ing

an acute and frequently fatal vomiting disease associated with central nervous system symptoms and marked hypoglycemia, caused by eating unripe ackee fruit of Blighia spaida, a tree common in Jamaica.

Ackee poisoning

Vomiting sickness of Jamaica. This is caused by ingestion of the unripe fruit of the tree Blighia sapida which contains a poison capable of interfering with glucose formation in the liver. This can cause HYPOGLYCAEMIA, vomiting, convulsions and loss of consciousness.
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A case of THS was defined as a clinician's diagnosis of hypoglycemia in any person who was examined at eight public hospitals from January 1, 1989, through July 31, 1991, and who had a hospital discharge diagnosis or cause of death listed as Jamaican vomiting sickness, ackee poisoning, renta yam poisoning, or toxic hypoglycemia of unknown etiology.
Of the 38 cases of THS, 28 (74%) (including six deaths) were attributed to ackee poisoning, nine (24%) (including two deaths) to idiopathic toxic hypoglycemia, and one (3%) to renta yam poisoning.
An association between ackee poisoning and Jamaican vomiting sickness was first noted in 1875 and documented in 1904 (2).
Potential risk behaviors for ackee poisoning include 1) selection and cooking of unripe ackee; 2) purchase of tampered, forcibly opened ackee; and 3) reuse of the water in which unripe ackee has been cooked (3).