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2011-11-09 15:56:40

Scientists are reporting development of a fast, reliable new test that could help people avoid a terrible type of food poisoning that comes from eating fish tainted with a difficult-to-detect toxin from marine algae growing in warm waters. The report appears in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry. Takeshi Yasumoto and colleagues explain that 20,000-60,000 people every year come down with ciguatera poisoning from eating fish tainted with a ciguatoxin -- the most common source of food...

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2011-06-10 08:20:00

Same toxin known to affect humans now identified for the first time in a marine mammal species Researchers from NOAA have discovered a potent and highly-debilitating toxin in the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a first-of-its-kind chemical finding that is now prompting investigations of other marine mammals in the state. The toxin, ciguatoxin, is produced by marine algae common on coral reefs, and accumulates in fish species that are consumed by humans. Ciguatera, the human disease caused by...

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2008-02-06 11:25:00

Since November there have been 28 reported cases countrywide of ciguatera fish poisoning according to the FDA. The consumers who reported the illness all ate fish harvested in the northern Gulf of Mexico near the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The affected area covers 56 square miles of the northwestern part of the Gulf. Those contaminated include fish such as snapper, amberjack, grouper and barracuda "“ all fish that feed on other fish that consume toxic marine algae....


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
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