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Toxicon. 2010 Dec;56(8):1516-9. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2010.07.021. Epub 2010 Aug 6.

Ciguatera fish poisoning on the West Africa Coast: An emerging risk in the Canary Islands (Spain).

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Toxicology Unit, Department of Clinical Sciences, Health Sciences Centre, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, P.O. Box 550, 35080 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. ldominguez@dcc.ulpgc.es

Abstract

Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is endemic in certain tropical and subtropical regions of the world. CFP had not been described on the West Africa Coast until a 2004 outbreak in the Canary Islands. In 2008-2009, two additional outbreaks of ciguatera occurred. Individuals afflicted had consumed lesser amberjack (Seriola rivoliana) captured from nearby waters. Caribbean ciguatoxin-1 (C-CTX-1) was confirmed in fish samples by LC-MS/MS. Ciguatoxic fish in this region may pose a new health risk for the seafood consumer.

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20692274
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10.1016/j.toxicon.2010.07.021
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