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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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There is no cure for ciguatera poisoning, and although it usually goes away after days or weeks, neurological symptoms can sometimes last for years.
So far this year, ESU has received 4 reports of the poisoning, compared to 2017, when there was only 1 report and 2016, when 20 persons were affected by symptoms associated with ciguatera poisoning.
Her brother James Bowyer said she died from ciguatera poisoning, caused by eating a grouper fish tainted with the toxin from a plankton found on coral, algae and seaweed.
Secondly, these fish in the Caribbean are known to carry ciguatera poisoning. The best way to know which fish have it is to ask the locals.
After ruling out the other possible etiologies, and noting that the patient had eaten fish the day before the symptoms developed, the hospitalist, neurologist, and infectious disease specialist agreed that the most likely diagnosis was ciguatera poisoning. A literature search revealed the recommended treatment: a mannitol infusion of a 20% solution, 1 g/kg, with a piggyback of 250 mL over 30 minutes) every 6 hours as needed.
Food and Drug Administration researcher told MSNBC she ( 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.
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.