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Health Tip: Food Poisoning From Fish

Two different types of illness

(HealthDay News) -- Fish can carry harmful toxins in their systems that may not be destroyed when they are cooked.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says there are two types of food poisoning that can be caused by fish: ciguatera and scombroid poisoning.

Ciguatera poisoning is caused by eating any reef fish (which live in warm water) that has eaten a certain type of poisonous food. Common fish that may cause ciguatera poisoning include grouper, snapper, sturgeon, king mackerel, moray eel, amberjack and barracuda.

Scombroid poisoning is caused by eating a fish that was not kept at a cold-enough temperature after it was caught. This allows a histamine to build up in its system and cause a reaction in your body. Common fish that may cause scombroid poisoning include tuna, sardines, mahi mahi, and anchovies.

Symptoms of food poisoning from fish can be treated, but it's important to see your doctor if you have symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness or numbness.

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