Wilderness: Ciguatera Toxin Topic Guide
Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (Ciguatera Toxin): Ciguatera is a type of food poisoning caused by the ciguatera toxinfound in large reef fish (most commonly in the Caribbean). Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle pain, numbness, tingling, dizziness, and vertigo. Ciguatera toxin fish poisoning may be a medical emergency and the poison control center, or emergency department should be consulted. The National Poison Control Center hotline in the United States is 1-800-222-1222.
Diarrhea Diarrhea can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, parasites, intestinal diseases or conditions, reactions to medications, and food intolerance. Symptoms of diarrhea include watery stools, abdominal cramping, fever, and dehydration. Most cases of diarrhea can be treated at home. In some cases (in the elderly, small children, or those with severe or chronic medical conditions) may need to be hospitalized due to dehydration.