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Blowfish Poisoning Suspected As Cause Of Canadian Sisters' Deaths In Thailand
In a recent tragedy, two Canadian sisters were found dead in their hotel room on the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. Discovered on June 15 by the Phi Phi Palm Residence Hotel's maid, Audrey and Noemi Belanger, 20 and 26, are suspected to have died from severe food poisoning, most likely from blowfish or poisonous mushrooms.
"There was a lot of vomit in the room, and both bodies showed similar signs [of trauma]," explained Lieutenant Col Rat Somboon of the Krabi Provincial Police. "They had skin lesions and it seemed that they had bled from the gums. Also, their fingernails and toenails were blue."
While officials did not find any signs of foul play, they did notice various over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen, which can have serious effects on the stomach. Moreover, blowfish, which is extremely toxic if not prepared correctly, can cause death within an hour and a half of eating. In fact, blowfish poison is about 100 times more lethal than potassium cyanide.
At this time, the bodies are undergoing post-mortem examinations in Bangkok to check for traces of poisonous substances.
[image via Monochrome]