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Fish - Food Poisoning

Fish - Food Poisoning
Poisoning resulting from fish and other marine creatures is referred to as ichthyism,* which may result either from envenomation by stinging or biting, or from ingestion of toxic or decomposing fish.

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Poisoning resulting from fish and other marine creatures is referred to as ichthyism,* which may result either from envenomation by stinging or biting, or from ingestion of toxic or decomposing fish. Only the latter will be discussed here. Poisonous fish are subdivided into:

·              Ichthyosarcotoxic fish, which contain a toxin within theirflesh,

·              Ichthyohaemotoxic fish, which have poisonous blood, and Ichthyo-otoxic fish, which contain a toxin mainly in theirgonads.Based on the nature of toxin, there are 5 types of seafood poisoning—scombroid, ciguatera, tetrodotoxic, paralytic shellfish, neurotoxic shellfish, and amnesic shellfish poisoning.

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