Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Seafood Poisoning 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:

  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda
  • Eels
  • Grouper
  • Hogfish
  • Jack
  • Mackerel
  • Shark
  • Snapper
  • Triggerfish

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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