eaglesaquarium said:Brazil has some regions with very low education, and very little in the way of outside influence. I wonder where these folks lived. It sounds like they weren't in the deep jungle, because they mention having a car. But, nonetheless, not everywhere is as educated. They may have heard that its a 'luxury' item (it certainly seems as though they were gathering for a celebratory type meal... a chance to share 'the finer things' in life...) but didn't understand the full dimension of what makes it a luxury item.
Such a shame. Hopefully they all recover. Any updates that you've seen on the family?
Eleven people in Brazil who mistakenly ate a poisonous pufferfish all recovered, and left the hospital, according to a new report of the case.[/size]
By a few days later, the patient's bodies had metabolized and excreted the tetrodotoxin, and they were discharged from the hospital.[/size]
Read more: http/www.livescience.com/49181-pufferfish-poison-recovery.html#ixzz3OnqV1Vbq
Pufferfish meat is popular in several Brazilian states. There are ways to eat it safely, and those who get sick often recover, unless they are far from medical care, Haddad said.
"The fishermen communities know the risks," he said. "This has to do with poverty, with the difficulties in which they live."