Bermuda – Updates on Ciguatera Food Poisoning

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Officials provided an update on the most recent outbreak of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning [CFP], saying that between 29th June and 17th July, they received 13 reports of CFP, and the “fishes implicated in this outbreak were large Amberjacks and Barracuda.”

The statement said, “The Ministry of Health and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] provided an update on the most recent outbreak of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning [CFP] and the types of fish involved, and remind members of the public about the key facts of CFP.

“Between 29th June and 17th July, the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health [ESU] received 13 reports of CFP. The fishes implicated in this outbreak were large Amberjacks and Barracuda. However, it should be noted that large Yellow jacks and Cubera snappers have been implicated in past cases of CFP in Bermuda.

“Yellow jack and Amberjack may both be mistaken for the Almaco jack, which is locally called ‘Bonita’. Almaco jack / Bonita has not been implicated in any CFP cases in Bermuda.

“Ciguatera fish poisoning [CFP] is caused by toxins [or poisonous substances] from microscopic marine plants, which can enter the food chain and build-up in large predatory fish.

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