Ciguatera poisoning: an example of a public health challenge

Aust N Z J Public Health. 1998 Feb;22(1):140-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842x.1998.tb01158.x.


Ciguatera is a common form of fish poisoning, endemic in all nations of the Pacific region. Several thousand cases have been notified to Queensland authorities over a 10-year period. However, many cases remain undiagnosed and most go unreported. The public health implications include raising awareness of the condition, ensuring that ciguatera is considered in differential diagnosis and promoting better documentation and reporting.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Ciguatera Poisoning*
  • Fishes*
  • Foodborne Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology
  • Foodborne Diseases / etiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Public Health
  • Queensland / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors