The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has reported that a suspected outbreak of ciguatoxin poisoning, the first ever recorded in Germany, has been confirmed by analytical testing of fish samples.
The outbreak in late 2012 affected at least 14 people, who all reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, followed by burning and tingling sensations and pain on contact with cold. These neurological symptoms can last for weeks or months.
The outbreak was associated with consumption of red snapper fillets obtained from a supplier in India. Samples of left over fish were sent for analysis to the European Reference laboratory for marine Biotoxins in Vigo, Spain, which has now confirmed the presence of ciguatoxins.
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