A family is trying to keep a three-year-old boy from eating a raw fish that he thought was a catfish, according to the Washington Post.
He’s been hospitalized with food poisoning and dehydration.
His mother, who asked that her last name not be published, says her son, Austin, was hospitalized on Friday after eating the fish, a rare catfish that is typically caught in the Gulf of Mexico and imported into the United States.
“We had been having a little bit of trouble with him eating it,” she told the Post.
The boy was hospitalized with the fish on Friday, after he ate it.
Her son has not been discharged from the hospital yet, and she said the hospital staff and veterinarians have been unable to find the fish that caused his illness.
She said she is worried about how much more of the fish she can afford to keep.
“I don’t want him to eat it, because it will hurt him,” she said.
Her family is planning to get a permit to sell the fish from the Gulf Wildlife Foundation, but it will cost them about $300.
The Post reported that a fish sold from the charity is not certified as catfish because it is a “species not known to be caught in or caught in Gulf waters.”
The family plans to make the fish into a meal, and the Post said the boy is not eating any of the meat.
The Washington Department of Health and Human Services has received a complaint about the fish and has been investigating.
The FDA has also been investigating the cause of the boy’s illness.
The agency has not issued a warning about the illness and said it will not be making any further announcements about the case.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it has not received a report of the illness from the public.
In a statement, the agency said it was “reviewing the case to determine whether further investigation is warranted.”
“We have been working with local, state and federal agencies to ensure that the appropriate resources are available to respond to a potential public health crisis,” the statement said.
It said that it is investigating the family’s complaint and is providing any necessary assistance to the boy.
The family has not disclosed the name of the company selling the fish.
The child is being cared for by a relative.