Ciguatera Underlying Cause
Ciguatera poisoning is caused by eating reef fish that contain a toxin. Fish consume the toxins, which are produced by algae that live in tropical ocean waters. Large reef fish (over 5 lbs.) are more likely to contain this toxin.
Reef fish include:
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