Marine Toxins

By: Brionna Byers

What Are Marine Toxins?

  • Naturally occurring chemicals that can contaminate certain seafood
  • Seafood that is contaminated with the chemicals frequently looks, smells, and tastes normal.
  • When consumed it can result to disease

What Sort Of Diseases Do Marine Toxins Cause?

  • Scombrotoxic fish poisoning
  • ciguatera poisoning
  • paralytic shellfish poisoning
  • neurotoxic shellfish poisoning
  • amnesic shellfish poisoning

How Many Cases Of This disease are there in the US?

  • approximately 30 cases of poisoning are reported in the United States
  • Data says that one person dies every 4 years from toxic seafood poisoning

How can this disease be treated?

  • Antihistamines and epinephrine
  • Intravenous mannitol has also been suggested

What Are Some Of the Symptoms For This Disease?

  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Flushing
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

What Are Some Of The Consequences Of Marine Toxins?

  • problems with long term memory
  • neurologic problems persisting for weeks