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Fish-Related Food Poisoning in Florida Under-Reported

Posted 29 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – A rare toxin carried by barracuda, grouper and other locally caught sport fish sickens Floridians in greater numbers than previously believed, a new analysis suggests. Consuming the foodborne toxin, called ciguatera, can result in severe nausea and vomiting, and sometimes long-term tingling in the limbs or joint pain. "The rate of illness was found to be higher than previously estimated. Areas around Miami and in the Florida Keys are particularly affected," wrote study author Elizabeth Radke. Radke said the findings confirm current warnings to avoid eating barracuda, while also indicating that in Florida, at least, grouper, amberjack, hogfish, snapper, mackerel and mahi mahi were also associated with illness. Most of the fish causing infections in Florida are caught in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys, the researchers concluded. However, experts say the absolute ... Read more

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