Fish poisoning: Spanish mackerel case a ‘wake-up call’ for spread of deadly toxins

Researcher Shauna Murray, from the University of Technology, Sydney, has detected marine microalgae gambierdiscus as far south as Merimbula for the first time.
Monday, 22 December 2014

Known as ciguatera fish poisoning, the illness has been mostly tropical. Early Pacific explorers described it as far back as 1606 and even in 1776, during the second voyage of James Cook. More than 1500 cases have been documented in Australia since 1965 and the number appears to be rising.

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