- fish poisoning
Illness from eating varieties of poisonous fishes.Most cases are caused by one of three toxins: ciguatera poisoning, from fishes in whose flesh dinoflagellates have produced toxins; tetraodon poisoning, from a nerve toxin in certain pufferlike fish (fugu); and scombroid poisoning from spoilage bacteria in fish of the mackerel family. Shellfish poisoning from eating certain mussels, clams, and oysters has in some instances been traced to the plankton they sometimes feed on.
* * *illness in humans resulting from the eating of varieties of poisonous fishes.Ciguatera poisoning is one of the most common forms of fish poisoning in the Caribbean. It is caused by fishes that in other parts of the world constitute food items (e.g., sea bass, snapper). The conditions under which these fishes become toxic in the Caribbean waters are not clear. Symptoms, which may develop immediately after eating or may be delayed for as long as 30 hours, include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, numbness, muscle pain, and general itchiness. Death (occurring in less than 10 percent of the cases) is usually caused by respiratory paralysis.Tetraodon poisoning is caused by the ingestion of certain species of pufferlike fish found in Far Eastern waters. These fishes contain a potent, heat-stable toxin that affects the human nervous system, producing symptoms within minutes. Dizziness and tingling about the lips and tongue may soon be followed by muscular incoordination, convulsions, and respiratory paralysis. More than 60 percent of the cases are fatal within a few hours. Survival for more than 24 hours is a good sign of eventual recovery.Scombroid poisoning comes from consumption of tuna, skipjack, bonito, and other fish in the mackerel family that have lost their freshness; bacteria in the fish act on histidine, an amino acid that is a normal constituent of the fish protein, to produce the substance that is responsible for the symptoms: nausea, vomiting, headache, difficulty in swallowing, thirst, and itchiness. The symptoms usually subside within 12 hours.Other varieties of fish that may cause poisoning in humans include the moray eel and certain species of sharks and freshwater minnows. See also shellfish poisoning.
* * *
Look at other dictionaries:
fish poisoning — noun 1. : acute illness resulting from the consumption of fish: a. : illness due to eating fish that normally contain neurotoxins in their flesh b. : illness due to eating stale fish: (1) : a histamine intoxication (2) … Useful english dictionary
fish poisoning — 1) use of a chemical spread on water or added to a bait to poison fish and facilitate capture. Natural (plant based) fish poisons include crow s eyes (seeds of Nux vomica containing strychnine), common yew (leaves of Taxus hoccata, effectiveness… … Dictionary of ichthyology
fish-poisoning — 1) use of a chemical spread on water or added to a bait to poison fish and facilitate capture. Natural (plant based) fish poisons include crow s eyes (seeds of Nux vomica containing strychnine), common yew (leaves of Taxus hoccata)(effectiveness… … Dictionary of ichthyology
fish poisoning — ichthyosarcotoxism … Medical dictionary
clupeoid fish poisoning — clupeotoxism … Dictionary of ichthyology
hallucinogenic fish poisoning — see ichthyoallyeinotoxism … Dictionary of Hallucinations
Fish — /fish/, n. Hamilton, 1808 93, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1869 77. * * * I Any of more than 24,000 species of cold blooded vertebrates found worldwide in fresh and salt water. Living species range from the primitive lampreys and hagfishes… … Universalium
Fish toxins — Many hunter gatherer cultures use poisonous plants to stun fish so that they become easy to collect by hand. Some of these poisons paralyse the fish, others are thought to work by removing oxygen from the water. [… … Wikipedia
fish — fishless, adj. /fish/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) fish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) fishes, v. n. 1. any of various cold blooded, aquatic vertebrates, having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body covered with … Universalium
poisoning — 1) use of a chemical spread on water or added to a bait to poison fish and facilitate capture. See fish poisoning 2) illness caused by eating poisonous fishes, q.v … Dictionary of ichthyology