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Epidemiol Infect. 2010 Jul;138(7):927-40. doi: 10.1017/S0950268810000853. Epub 2010 Apr 23.

Shellfish toxicity: human health implications of marine algal toxins.

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PROTEOBIO (Mass Spectrometry Centre), Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland. kevin.james@cit.ie

Abstract

Five major human toxic syndromes caused by the consumption of shellfish contaminated by algal toxins are presented. The increased risks to humans of shellfish toxicity from the prevalence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) may be a consequence of large-scale ecological changes from anthropogenic activities, especially increased eutrophication, marine transport and aquaculture, and global climate change. Improvements in toxin detection methods and increased toxin surveillance programmes are positive developments in limiting human exposure to shellfish toxins.

PMID:
20412612
DOI:
10.1017/S0950268810000853
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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