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Of the many known seafood illnesses, Ciguatera Fish Poisoning is the most reported among travelers and occurs when people ingest ciguatoxins. All kinds of reef fish produce the toxin, the following species are most susceptible: red snapper, barracuda, moray eel, parrotfish, grouper, hogfish, kingfish, amberjack, sea bass, sturgeon fish, and coral trout.
Ciguatera fish poisoning is prevalent in subtropical and tropical regions, especially in the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. Contaminated fish harbor the toxins in the intestines, liver, roe, and head. Ciguatoxins remain even if fish is preserved by salting, freezing, or smoking. Storms are most likely to trigger an outbreak of Ciguatera fish poisoning.
Symptoms usually occur within 1-3 hrs following ingestion and include nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Neurological problems may follow within 3 - 72 hrs and are characterized by metallic taste, blurred vision, feeling of loss of teeth, tingling sensation, temperature reversal, and temporary loss of vision. Symptoms may resolve within days or persist for weeks. Chronically ill individuals may experience depression, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat.
A physician will exam symptoms and guide the best course of treatment. Intravenous mannitol may be administered to address neurological problems. No vaccine is available. Test kits are expensive and not 100% reliable.
To reduce your risk of Ciguatera fish poisoning, avoid reef fish weighing 6 lbs and above and don’t consume the intestines, roe, liver, and heads of smaller ones.
Recent Interesting Reports
January 31, 2021 10:38 AM
“My mother in law purchase some chicken along with sides while she was in town yesterday. She offered me and her son some. While he declined I opt for a piece of chicken because who doesn’t love chicken lol. When I got the chicken I noticed it was wet looking and didn’t have that signature crispiness... that they in our town usually have. My daughter(year old) asked for some and I had to tell her no because it didn’t look right nor did it taste good. The chicken was bland, it has gummy like textured & above all else the chicken appeared to be undercooked. I immediately began to get sick in my stomach at the thought of eating undercooked chicken because I breastfeed. My fiancé broken up the chicken & noticed that it was in fact undercooked. ”
February 9, 2021 2:33 PM
“Maybe a Falafel & Spinach Wrap from there Several hours after eating, nausea began. I had diarrhea and vomiting about 9 hours after eating. 10/2/21 ”
February 21, 2021 9:57 AM
“I'm the only one who drinks it, so the only one who gets sick. Symptoms appeared 30 minutes later. I felt the belly was working. Then I had severe diarrhea. I couldn't hold myself back. I didn't know it was that drink. And today it started again and what confirmed that it was this drink that made me... sick. ”
February 28, 2021 11:59 PM
“The FSA announced the recall of Birchwood Beef and Pork Mince (23% Fat) by Lidl GB because they may contain pieces of plastic.
FSA advises consumers not to eat the recalled products. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund with or without a receipt.
- Birchw... ood Beef and Pork Mince (23% Fat). 750g. Use by: 01 March 2021.
The possible presence of plastic makes this product unsafe to eat.
Check the full recall details on the FSA website food.gov.uk
Source: FSA ”
February 24, 2021 12:51 PM
“i ate the kung pao chicken and sesame chicken with fried rice and that night a threw up so hard and i wasent feeling good at all.. my head hurt so bad and i felt sick and couldn't go to work the next day. ”
February 6, 2021 5:49 PM
“I eat here 2-3x a week. I had it tonight (burrito bowl, no cheese, no sour cream with cauliflower rice) and I’ve been so sick with constant diarrhea. It’a awful! ”
February 24, 2021 7:37 PM
“Frozen raw shrimp I cooked one of two bags of shrimp. I still have one bag in the freezer. I ate some for lunch today only with a newly opened bottle of cocktail sauce which I also purchased on Monday and shortly afterward felt gastric distress and a few hours later am still having problems. I shou... ld note I am usually blessed with perfect gastrointestinal health and have no doubt my problem is the shrimp. I do not eat breakfast and last night I ate what I ate for lunch yesterday which was Oscar Mayer all beef Hot Dogs and had no problems whatsoever. This morning my usual coffee.
February 16, 2021 5:55 AM
“Seaweed salad. I ate seaweed salad from here about 5pm (12 hours ago) It was all i ate since breakfast (4 eggs) woke up having nightmares and upper abdominal pain. I thought it was gas I got up for about 20 minutes, no gas so I ate a tums and started to drink water and BAM! I MADE SEAWEED SALAD VOM... IT in my kitchen trashcan. I was a surprised food can stay in stomach that long. It was not a pleasant experience. Feeling better already that I got that poison out. ”
February 11, 2021 2:49 PM
“Jimmy Dean bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit. Within 8 hours. Have only left house to pick up groceries outside with 2 well-sealed masks 95+cloth, gloves, & face shield. Clorox wiping all groceries, and touch surfaces, mail/packages quarantine for a week-not in house airflow/vents (then open with mask... & gloves) Housemate same PPE & COVID precautions. Replace UV-C light in A-coil yearly, + 2 400 degree air cleaners. No public inside activity in months, and that was for yearly wellness exam. Know it was Jimmy Dean.
Chills for about 4 hours within 8 hours of consuming, then severe stomach cramping, diarrhea for 8 days, 102 fever, hyperosmia. Never had severe diarrhea like this before, acid reflux, or any other underlying health conditions.
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