The number of fish poisonings are dangerously on the rise, according to a new study published in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. It might be safer to double check the next time you go ‘fishing’ next and or decide to have fish for supper.
Hispanics show the highest number of cases in Florida,most likely after consumption of barracuda.
Algae that grow in warm water produce ciguatera and it is highly probable to spread north because of rise in temperatures of ocean water, said Elizabeth G. Radke, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and the lead author of the study.
The poison is picked up by coral reef when eat vegetation. Larger carnivorous fish get their share of the poison after eating coral reef fish that have already consumed the poison.
However, to be noted is that the toxin is not likely to be present in fish caught in colder northern waters, but the chances can’t be said to be zero as the fish migrate.
“We recommend not eating barracuda at all, it’s a good idea to be aware that you’re taking a risk. If you get ill, see a doctor, tell them you ate fish, and if you have some fish left, freeze it so it can be tested”, said Dr. Radke.
The most common symptom of the poison consumption is severe vomiting. Some people complain of caught in colder northern waters. Cases of poisonings were three times more common among Hispanics compared with other ethnic groups.