Infectious Disease Compendium

Gambierdiscus toxicus (Ciguartera)

Microbiology

An algae.

Epidemiologic Risks

Eating fish that have been in algae blooms, S. pacific and Caribbean. The bigger the fish, the bigger the risk. Greater than 400 species of fish, especially amberjack, barracuda, red snapper, grouper.

Syndromes

Acute gastroenteritis, then paresthesias.

Treatment

Supportive. Be caring. Listen. Feel the pain.

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