Case study- Jamaican Sickness-A 35-year-old man in New York City, originally from Jamaica



A 35-year-old man in New York City, originally from Jamaica, purchased an illegally imported fruit from a street vendor and, within 4 hour of eating the fruit, began vomiting severely. When brought to the emergency department the man was severely dehydrated and exhibited several seizures.

Ackee fruit

Figure- Jamaican fruit (Ackee fruit)

The toxic effects of the fruit were interfering with which of the following?

A. Fatty acid release from the adipocytes

B. Fatty acid entry into the liver cell

C. Fatty acid activation

D.Fatty acid oxidation

E. Oxidative phosphorylation

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