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Glossary for Anchovy poisoning (clupeotoxin)

  • Bites, stings and other animal-related conditions: Medical conditions caused by animals, such as bites and stings.
  • Coma: Prolonged unconsciousness
  • Convulsions: Involuntary spasms especially those affecting the full body
  • Cyanosis: Blueness or purple coloring of skin.
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Dizziness: Feelings of lightheadedness or giddiness.
  • Dry mouth: A condition characterized by the sensation of a dry mouth
  • Food-related conditions: Medical conditions related to food ingestion.
  • Metallic taste: Metallic or acidic taste in mouth
  • Nausea: The queasy feeling of nausea and often also vomiting.
  • Paralysis: The loss of motor function due to dysfunction of the spinal cord
  • Poisoning, overdose or adverse reactions: Medical conditions related to poisons, drug overdosage, or drug adverse reactions.
  • Rapid breathing: Excessively rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart beat: Excessively rapid heart beat.
  • Striped Blister Beetle poisoning: The striped blister beetle is native to many parts of America and Canada. Animals that accidentally eat the beetles can become quite ill and they can also cause symptoms in humans if accidentally ingested. The beetles contain toxic substances called cantharidin and pederin which can cause symptoms through skin or eye exposure as well as through ingestion.
  • Tarpon poisoning (clupeotoxin): Some tarpon contain toxins (Clupeotoxin) which can be poisonous to humans if eaten. Heat does not destroy the toxin and there is still uncertainty as to the origin of the toxin. The toxin appears to be present in higher concentrations in summer and is believed to be possible linked to the consumption of toxic food in its food web. The size and age of the tarpon does not appear to be related to the toxicity. The tarpon are found in coastal waters off Africa and the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.

 

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