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[see-gwuh-ter-uh, sig-wuh‐] /ˌsi gwəˈtɛr ə, ˌsɪg wə‐/
a tropical disease caused by ingesting a poison found in certain marine fishes.
1860-65; American Spanish < cigua sea snail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • ciguatera fish poisoning occurs when humans eat contaminated tropical reef fish.
  • ciguatera poisoning or ciguatera is caused by eating contaminated tropical reef fish.
  • Also deep water species are free from ciguatera fish poisoning.
  • Avoid consuming lionfish from locations known to be affected by ciguatera toxins.
  • Other diagnoses to consider include organophosphate pesticide exposure, botulism, and ciguatera fish poisoning.
  • The letter warns that the following species of concern may contain ciguatera toxin, which can be harmful to humans.
  • As tropical fish are increasingly exported to distant markets, ciguatera has become a problem for consumers far from the tropics.

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