oa South African Medical Journal - Argemone mexicana seed poisoning

Volume 24, Issue 18
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



This paper descriptionbes outbreaks of Argemone Mexicana seed poisoning on two farms in one of the North-Western Cape Districts. The cases and death were confined to Coloured persons. The paper compares the clinical findings and signs found in the cases which occurred in South Africa with those which have occurred in India and other Eastern countries. The post-mortem findings are similarly compared. Results of the inspections in loco prove that it is common practice for farmers to feed to their Coloured labourers wheat contaminated with the seed of the plant.

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