Ciguatera in the Pacific: a link with military activities

Lancet. 1989 Jan 28;1(8631):201-5. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(89)91212-9.


Ciguatera fish poisoning is widespread in the Pacific. Outbreaks and the rise in incidence of the disease are related largely to military activities that disturb coral reef ecology. Nuclear test explosions and the setting up of the infrastructure for these tests are major components of such military activity.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ciguatera Poisoning*
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Epidemiological Monitoring
  • Fishes*
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Foodborne Diseases / etiology
  • Humans
  • Marine Toxins / poisoning*
  • Military Science*
  • Nuclear Warfare*
  • Pacific Islands


  • Marine Toxins