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Acute poisoning in children from Jatropha curcas seeds

M C Moshobane, C Wium, L V Mokgola


The semi-evergreen shrub, Jatropha curcas is native to Central and South America, but now occurs worldwide. Four children suffered severe symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting after ingesting the seeds of J. curcas. These cases support the listing of J. curcas as a noxious weed. As a result of this, and a few other incidents, municipal authorities are urged to discourage the use of highly toxic plants such as J. curcas for hedges and garden plants, and to monitor the occurrence of such species. We present a case report about J. curcas poisoning.

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M C Moshobane, Directorate of Biological Invasions, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, South Africa

C Wium, Poison Information Centre, Division Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa

L V Mokgola, Limpopo Department of Social Development, ga-Kgapane, South Africa

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South African Journal of Child Health 2017;11(3):149-150. DOI:10.7196/SAJCH.2017.v11i3.1401

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Date submitted: 2017-10-05
Date published: 2017-10-05

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