Mass poisoning in Markham highlights wolfsbane risk.

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Author: Lauren Vogel
Date: Sept. 19, 2022
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 36)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 470 words
Lexile Measure: 1360L

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A mass poisoning event in Markham, Ontario, sparked warnings about the dangers of aconite, a common medicinal plant that also goes by the names wolfsbane and monkshood.

On August 29, reports surfaced on social media claiming that at least a dozen people had presented to York-region hospitals over the previous two days after eating at a local restaurant.

The patients allegedly tasted a bitter flavour in the food, followed by numbness and tingling in their faces and bodies, extreme nausea and vomiting, and cardiac arrhythmias and hypotension. Several required critical care.

Officials were reportedly aware of the poisonings. However, the region's public health unit didn't issue a statement for the better part of the day--hours after media...

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