I’m posting the following just so that we’re on record somewhere: kissing people who are allergic to peanut butter is not fatal, at least not in Quebec. When a story suggested the opposite back in November, it got a lot of play.
The following wire copy moved about an hour ago.
SAGUENAY, Quebec (AP) — A 15-year-old girl with a peanut allergy did not die from kissing her boyfriend following his snack of peanut butter, a Quebec coroner said Friday, countering a report that drew international attention last year.
Saguenay coroner Michel Miron said Christina Desforges died from another cause. However, he refused to disclose that, saying he first wanted to report to the provincial coroner’s office as well as examine more test results.
But Miron said he was speaking out now to head off an allergy association from using the case as an example.
Christina Desforges died in a Quebec hospital in November. Reports at the time said doctors were unable to treat her allergic reaction to the kiss the previous weekend. Miron also said the teen didn’t receive a shot of Adrenalin immediately after being kissed. It was reported the shot hadn’t penetrated her skin.
There. I feel better. Let the record show that this blog never mentioned the peanut butter story last fall.