Ciguatera poisoning is a type of food poisoning that comes from eating seafood contaminated with tiny, toxic sea organisms. Their toxin is odorless, tasteless, and heat stable, meaning it cannot be destroyed by cooking the seafood. Ciguatera poisoning symptoms usually appear within four to six hours after the seafood is eaten.
Most common types of sea life affected:
Typical symptoms of ciguatera poisoning:
Treatment depends on severity of symptoms. If you think you may have ciguatera poisoning:
If other symptoms are present, call the Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for further treatment advice.