Two dead in Hinoba-an after consuming ‘poisonous’ crabs

Posted by watchmen
March 20, 2020

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

At least two people recently died, while three others remain hospitalized, after eating crabs believed to be poisonous in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. Authorities have requested not to identify the victims but confirmed the fatalities were siblings.
Hinoba-an Municipal Police Station chief, Police Major Clifford Batadjay, said the victims reportedly ate a species of crab known locally as ‘Kukudlong’ or ‘Kumong-Kumong.’ However, based on initial findings, the crabs were believed to be a species of zosimus aeneus, a crab that carries various toxins.
In a statement given by the surviving victims, they gathered the crabs during a foraging activity last Monday evening. The family then cooked the crabs on Tuesday morning and served it to the children before the parents. A few hours after consuming them, the three children began experiencing stomach aches and vomiting.
One later passed away, while another sibling was transported to a hospital in Bacolod City where they died.
Authorities have already coordinated with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to determine if the crabs were indeed poisonous./DGB, WDJ

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