General Information

Event name: PT-12-027
Nature of the harmful event:
Other ( a case of 12 fishermen presenting nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain that onset 3 hours after consuming pigfish of the Desert Islands)
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: No
Associated syndrome: CFP (Ciguatera Fish Poisoning)
Unexplained toxicity:
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): Balistes capriscus
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: No
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (2008)
Individuals to contact: BRANCO, Maria Ana

Location & Date

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General location information: Central-eastern Atlantic, Madeira
HAB Area code(s): PT-10
Additional location information: Desert Islands
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Event Date:2012-08-01
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Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Gambierdiscus spp. ( cells/L)
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Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
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Environmental Conditions

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Toxin Assay Information

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Kit used: No Type of kit used:
Additional information: The diagnosis was clinical and based on following criteria: 1) history of ingestion of fish caught next to corals that are usually associated with ciguatera (Yellowtail Amberjack, barracuda, moray eel, snapper, dogfish, fish pig); 2) gastrointestinal and neurological manifestations consistent with ciguatera poisoning; 3) exclusion of another potential cause
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Created at 01:33 on 25 Sep 2020