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Local health officials warn of fish causing rare illness

The Illinois Department of Public Health and Adams County Health Department are warning people of fish believed to be carrying rare disease.

Health officials say people who purchased buffalo fish from Fresh Farms International Market, located in Cook County, after January 30, should not eat the fish. People who consumed the fish have reportedly been seen for suspected cases of Haff disease.

Haff disease is a swelling and breakdown of skeletal muscle thought to be caused by toxin sometimes found in buffalo fish in the Mississippi River. Symptoms generally appear within six to 21 hours after eating the fish and commonly include severe muscle pain, stiffness and brown urine; symptoms typically resolve within two to three days.

"Haff disease is very rare, with the last case in Illinois reported in 2004," said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. "While cooking food to the proper temperature will kill bacteria, cooking will not eliminate this toxin and the fish will still be unsafe to eat."

If you have eaten in and are feeling ill, contact a health care provider right away, as well as your local health department.
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