Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Pacific ciguatoxin-1 associated with a large common-source outbreak of ciguatera in east Arnhem Land, Australia.
Authors: Lucas, R E
Lewis, R J
Taylor, J M
Citation: Natural toxins 1997; 5(4): 136-40
Abstract: We report a retrospective study of the clinical signs and symptoms associated with a point-source outbreak of fish poisoning that occurred with a fish captured from the Arafura Sea, northern Australia. Twenty cases (16 Aboriginal and 4 non-Aboriginal) characteristic of ciguatera, including 4 inpatients and 16 outpatients from the Gove Hospital, were identified based on the pattern of clinical symptoms and signs after ingestion of a large coral cod from a known ciguatera-prone coral reef. In the absence of a serologic test for the victim, laboratory analysis of a 230-g sample of the coral cod (Cephalopolis miniatus), using both mouse bioassay and HPLC/mass spectometry, showed that Pacific ciguatoxin-1 was the principal toxin involved. Intravenous mannitol was administered to one patient without clear benefit. Risk factors for ciguatera poisoning are ingestion of larger portions of reef fish from ciguatera-prone areas. Despite apparent local awareness of the distribution and etiology of the disease, large common-source outbreaks of ciguatera still occur.
Click to open PubMed article:
Click to open Pubmed Article:
Journal title: Natural toxins
Publication Date: 1997
ISSN: 1056-9014
Type: Case Reports
Journal Article
DOI: 10.1002/1522-7189(1997)5:4<136::AID-NT2>3.0.CO;2-3
Appears in Collections:(a) NT Health Research Collection

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in ePublications are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Google Media

Google ScholarTM

Who's citing


PubMed References

Who's citing