Rare Illness Shows Up in Mississippi

Rare Illness Shows Up in Mississippi

MS health officials confirm cases of serious illness.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi health officials have confirmed three new cases of a rare but serious illness caused by an unidentified toxin in buffalo fish.

The Mississippi State Department of Health, in a news release Wednesday, confirmed three newly diagnosed cases of Haff disease, a rare illness that can cause a condition called rhabdomyolysis. The condition is a muscle injury syndrome that causes pain, stiffness and rarely, kidney damage.

The three cases involve members of one family and are linked to the consumption of cooked buffalo fish harvested in Mississippi waters. Most cases occur in the summer months.

Since 1984, about 30 cases have been reported throughout the U.S. So far, officials say there have been no reported deaths linked to the disease in Mississippi or the U.S.

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