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Rare fish poison may have killed Bali pair, experts say

February 6, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A rare form of food poisoning may have killed Australian mother and daughter  Noelene and Yvana Bischoff in Bali last month, their family has been told.

ABC News yesterday quoted Noelene’s brother, Malcolm Bischoff, saying that forensic pathologists “at this stage… think the cause of death is the fish … a bacteria called scombroid poisoning, which is a very unusual type of fish poisoning. It’s not very well known”.

Global Travel Media mentioned the possibility of scombroid poisoning on 6 January 2014, shortly after the case was reported: Queensland mother and daughter die of poisoning in Bali Cordato

The rare poisoning is sometimes linked with fish including mahi-mahi, the fish mentioned on the restaurant bill where the mother and daughter ate.

Forensic pathologists who conducted autopsies on Noelene, 54, and her 14-year-old daughter told their family yeseterday that they did not suspect foul play.

Malcolm Bischoff told the ABC the results remained inconclusive and authorities are awaiting final test results.

The interim forensic findings were reported just after an Australian man died in Bali in a separate, but eerily similar, incident.

Local police say the 28-year-old South Australian man was found unconscious in a hotel in Kuta, Bali, on Sunday afternoon, having reportedly eaten lunch at the hotel’s restaurant earlier in the day.

He was taken to a local medical centre but pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

A cause of death has yet to be determined.

Written by : Peter Needham

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