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Ciguatera fish poisoning: impact for the military health care provider.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17937369     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ciguatera toxin is a marine neurotoxin produced by microorganisms that becomes concentrated in predatory fish. Toxicity in humans results from the ingestion of contaminated fish harvested in tropical waters. Clinical manifestations of illness include the rapid onset of gastrointestinal symptoms and neurological abnormalities. Because of the rapid onset of symptoms and the potential for case clusters from a common source ingestion of contaminated fish, there is the potential that ciguatera poisoning may initially mimic illnesses caused by antipersonnel biological and chemical agents. We present data on an active duty soldier who presented to sick call for evaluation of new onset paresthesias and was diagnosed with ciguatera toxin poisoning. We also present a review of ciguatera poisoning literature with emphasis on the distinguishing features between ciguatoxin and other neurotoxins of military significance.
Michael V Arnett; Julia T Lim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  172     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-16     Completed Date:  2007-11-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1012-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Tripler Army Medical Center, MCHK-DM, 1 Jarrett White Road, Honolulu, HI 96859, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ciguatera Poisoning / blood,  diagnosis*,  therapy
Ciguatoxins / blood
Delivery of Health Care / methods*
Diagnosis, Differential
Follow-Up Studies
Military Medicine / methods*
Military Personnel*
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