Food-poisoning outbreak and fatality following ingestion of sea turtle meat in the rural community of Ndrondroni, Mohéli Island, Comoros, December 2012

Toxicon. 2016 Sep 15:120:38-41. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2016.07.015. Epub 2016 Jul 22.


On 24-December-2012 newspapers reported food-poisoning cases in Ndrondroni, Comoros. The authors conducted an investigation and a case-control study to identify the source and control the outbreak. They identified eight cases. A 6-month breastfed infant died. The results suggest consumption of Eretmochelys imbricata caused the outbreak. A bio-toxin ingested by the turtle might be the source. The local authorities informed the population on the danger of turtle-meat consumption. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

Keywords: Chelonitoxism; Comoros; Eretmochelys imbricata; Food-poisoning; Outbreak; Sea turtle.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Comoros / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Rural Population*
  • Turtles*