Ciguatera fish poisoning on the West Africa Coast: An emerging risk in the Canary Islands (Spain)

Toxicon. 2010 Dec;56(8):1516-9. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2010.07.021. Epub 2010 Aug 6.


Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is endemic in certain tropical and subtropical regions of the world. CFP had not been described on the West Africa Coast until a 2004 outbreak in the Canary Islands. In 2008-2009, two additional outbreaks of ciguatera occurred. Individuals afflicted had consumed lesser amberjack (Seriola rivoliana) captured from nearby waters. Caribbean ciguatoxin-1 (C-CTX-1) was confirmed in fish samples by LC-MS/MS. Ciguatoxic fish in this region may pose a new health risk for the seafood consumer.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ciguatera Poisoning / epidemiology*
  • Ciguatoxins / chemistry
  • Ciguatoxins / metabolism
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Fishes / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment
  • Seafood / poisoning*
  • Spain / epidemiology


  • Ciguatoxins