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Kalskag man dies after eating fermented fish

  • Author: Lisa Demer
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published August 18, 2014

A man from Lower Kalskag who became sick after eating fermented fish was found dead in his home Friday, Alaska State Troopers reported Sunday evening.

Allen Nook, 59, ate the fish Wednesday and complained of seeing double and feeling ill, according to the trooper report. Around 2 p.m. Friday, a community member found him unresponsive in his home. Local health workers were called and he was pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m. Troopers were notified. Nook's body was flown to Anchorage for an autopsy by the state medical examiner.

The trooper report did not provide any details on the fermented fish. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, some residents ferment fish heads.

Nook's family has been notified, troopers said.

Lower Kalskag is a village of about 300 people on the Kuskokwim River 350 miles west of Anchorage.

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