An 11-year-old may have died due to an allergic reaction to the smell of cooked fish

Fumes from cooking fish combined with asthma could have killed an 11-year-old Cameron Jean-Pierre on New Year’s Day in New York City.

The city medical examiner has yet to rule on what caused the death but his father Steven Jean-Pierre says that Cameron was at his grandmother’s house when the tragedy occurred.
Cameron became ill shortly after walking inside the home where fish was being cooked on the stove — the family suspects protein particles in the air caused the fatal reaction.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), people with fish allergies should avoid areas where fish is being cooked “as proteins may be released into the air during cooking” and cause an allergic reaction.

About 10 percent of people with fish allergies can have airborne reactions.

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