Thallium Poisoning from Eating Contaminated Cake -- Iraq, 2008

Al-Mashhadani, Z.; Al-Fatlawy, A.; Nawas, K. Abu; Al-Nsour, M.; Hijawi, B.; Belbeisi, A.; Sharqawi, R.; Juma, I.; Hamaid, S.; Al-Saqa, E.; Al-Amouri, F.; Hameedi, S.; Sbeitan, S.; Mohammed, L.; Jaghbeer, M.; Al-Gasseer, N.; Mekki, O.; Ghanem, B.; Mohsin, A. Adel; Musa, H. Badar
September 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;9/19/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 37, p1015
The article reports on the case of 10 members of two families in Baghdad, Iraq who suffered from thallium poisoning. It was found that they ingested thallium from contaminated cake. Symptoms of the poisoning include hair loss, vomiting and acute abdominal pain. Four of the five people poisoned by thallium died.


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