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Poisoning caused by ingesting fish contaminated with ciguatoxin, characterized by gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms. Also called ciguatera fish poisoning, ciguatera poisoning.

[American Spanish, from ciguato, one poisoned (with ciguatoxin), from cigua, sigua, snail, perhaps of Arawakan origin.]


(Medicine) food poisoning caused by a ciguatoxin in seafood


(ˌsi gwəˈtɛr ə, ˌsɪg wə-)
a tropical disease caused by ingesting a poison found in certain marine fishes.
[1860-65; American Spanish <cigua sea snail]
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While large barracuda should be avoided due to ciguatera poisoning, smaller ones--say, under 30 inches or so--are fine eating with white flesh and a firmness somewhere between seatrout and snapper and can be prepared in a similar manner.
com/health/eat-lionfish-sure-beware-nasty-toxins-848510) found traces of ciguatera toxin in 42 percent of 200 tested lionfish, but there have been no reported cases of ciguatera poisoning linked to consumption of lionfish yet.
According to Alan Cocchetto, Medical Director, "Our research suggested that a relationship existed between ciguatera poisoning, STAT-1 and myelodysplasia as well as leukemia.
In tropical fisheries the two prevalent fish-related illnesses are scombrotoxicosis and ciguatera poisoning [45].
Based on archeological evidence, paleoclimatic data and modern reports of ciguatera poisoning, they theorize that ciguatera outbreaks were linked to climate and that the consequent outbreaks prompted historical migrations of Polynesians.