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What is Ciguatera poisoning?

What is Ciguatera poisoning?

  • Ciguatera poisoning: Rare toxic food poisoning from eating contaminated fish.
  • Ciguatera poisoning: Polycyclic ethers produced by Gambierdiscus (DINOFLAGELLATES) from gambiertoxins, which are ingested by fish which in turn may be ingested by humans who are susceptible to the CIGUATERA POISONING.
    Source - Diseases Database

Ciguatera poisoning is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Ciguatera poisoning, or a subtype of Ciguatera poisoning, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ciguatera poisoning: Introduction

Types of Ciguatera poisoning:

Broader types of Ciguatera poisoning:

How many people get Ciguatera poisoning?

Prevalance of Ciguatera poisoning: The relative frequency of ciguatera fish poisoning in the United States is not known. The disease has only recently become known to the general medical community, and there is a concern that incidence is largely under-reported because of the generally non-fatal nature and short duration of the disease. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

Who gets Ciguatera poisoning?

Profile for Ciguatera poisoning: All humans are believed to be susceptible to ciguatera toxins. Populations in tropical/subtropical regions are most likely to be affected because of the frequency of exposure to toxic fishes. However, the increasing per capita consumption of fishery products coupled with an increase in interregional transportation of seafood products has expanded the geographic range of human poisonings. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

Geography Profile for Ciguatera poisoning: reefs in Hawaii, Guam and other South Pacific islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico

How serious is Ciguatera poisoning?

Complications of Ciguatera poisoning: see complications of Ciguatera poisoning
Prognosis of Ciguatera poisoning: There is a low incidence of death resulting from respiratory and cardiovascular failure. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book) ... Ciguatera poisoning is rarely fatal. (Source: excerpt from Marine Toxins: DBMD)

What causes Ciguatera poisoning?

Causes of Ciguatera poisoning: see causes of Ciguatera poisoning
Causes of Ciguatera poisoning: Barracuda are commonly associated with ciguatoxin poisoning, but eating grouper, sea bass, snapper, mullet, and a number of other fish that live in oceans between latitude 35° N and 35° S has caused the disease. These fish are typically caught by sport fishermen on reefs in Hawaii, Guam and other South Pacific islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. (Source: excerpt from Marine Toxins: DBMD)
Risk factors for Ciguatera poisoning: see risk factors for Ciguatera poisoning

What are the symptoms of Ciguatera poisoning?

Symptoms of Ciguatera poisoning: see symptoms of Ciguatera poisoning

Complications of Ciguatera poisoning: see complications of Ciguatera poisoning

Incubation period for Ciguatera poisoning: few minutes to 30 hours but usually up to 6 hours

Incubation period for Ciguatera poisoning: Ciguatoxin usually causes symptoms within a few minutes to 30 hours after eating contaminated fish, and occasionally it may take up to 6 hours. (Source: excerpt from Marine Toxins: DBMD)

Duration of Ciguatera poisoning: 1 to 4 weeks

Duration of Ciguatera poisoning: Symptoms usually clear in 1 to 4 weeks. (Source: excerpt from Marine Toxins: DBMD)

Ciguatera poisoning: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Ciguatera poisoning.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Ciguatera poisoning.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Ciguatera poisoning: Emergency Medical Physician ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Ciguatera poisoning.
Treatments for Ciguatera poisoning: see treatments for Ciguatera poisoning
Prevention of Ciguatera poisoning: see prevention of Ciguatera poisoning
Research for Ciguatera poisoning: see research for Ciguatera poisoning

Name and Aliases of Ciguatera poisoning

Main name of condition: Ciguatera poisoning

Other names or spellings for Ciguatera poisoning:

ciguatera, Ciguatera fish poisoning, CFP, Ciguatera Fish Poisoning, fish poisoning, ichthyosarcotoxism

Ciguatoxin Source - Diseases Database

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