Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Fischer, Philip R.
June 2009
Travel Medicine Advisor;Jun2009, Vol. 19 Issue 6, p32
Ciguatera fish poisoning is caused by eating reef fish contaminated by algae-produced toxins -- even when fish look normal and have been handled and cooked appropriately. Symptoms include neurologic and gastrointestinal abnormalities and can persist for months.


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