Dr.Sc. Clémence Mahana iti  GATTI

 
   

After obtaining a doctorate in pathophysiology dedicated to neurological damage associated with marine biotoxins poisonings, and training in epidemiology in Quebec (Canada), Dr. Gatti joined the Laboratory of Marine Biotoxins led by Dr. Mireille Chinain, located within the Louis Malardé Institute, based in Papeete (Tahiti), in order to develop biomedical research and epidemiological surveillance of ciguatera. In 2014, she compleated a University Diploma of "Methods in Clinical Research" (University of Bordeaux II). To date, Dr Gatti intervene as an expert for the IOC-UNESCO, the IAEA and the WHO and provides support to countries wishing to establish a ciguatera surveillance. She is at the origin of the conception of this website. She is your main interlocutor.

                                 
 

Dr.Sc. Mireille CHINAIN

 
   

Mireille Chinain (Dr. Sc., HDR) pursued her studies with a focus in biology at the University of Bordeaux I, and at the University of Montpellier II, where she earned a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Science and Technology of Languedoc. Back in French Polynesia, she joined, in 1990, ILM’s Unit of Medical Oceanography, which was already specialized in the field of ciguatera for twenty years. She is now working on the development of in vitro cultures of the causative agent of ciguatera, Gambierdiscus dinoflagellate. She is behind the establishment of a unique micro-algae bank rich of several highly toxic strains, which are currently used for mass production of ciguatoxin (CTXS). Thanks to the efforts made in the last decades, her laboratory has now a unique bank of purified CTXS.

In 2000, Mireille was appointed Head of the unit, which was renamed the Laboratory of Marine Biotoxins (LBM), there she manages all research programs related to ciguatera. Research conducted at LBM are focused on the eco-toxicology and taxonomy of Gambierdiscus, and on the development of different methods of toxins detection. Mireille is also managing the field monitoring and lagoons risk management programs of French Polynesia and the Pacific Region

Her work has been repeatedly acknowledged and rewarded by national and international awards including the Prix Trégouboff Award 2005 in Marine Biology (Academy of Sciences of Paris, France), the Albert Sézary Award 2006 (National Academy of Medicine, Paris, France), and the Tyge Christensen Award 2010 (International Phycological Society).

 

 

 

                                
   Learn more about the Laboratory of Marine Biotoxins 

Learn more about the Institut Louis Malardé

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CIGUATERA INTEGRATED APPROACH AT

THE LABORATORY OF MARINE BIOTOXINS

 
     
     
 

Dr. Erwan Oehler

Hospital of French Polynesia

 
 

Born in Brittany in 1977, Erwan undertook several medecine internships at the hospital of Tahiti in 2005, where he discovered ciguatera poisoning, hardly known in France. Particularly interested by this affection, he chose this subject for his thesis of general medecine and for his master in tropical medicine. Since 2010, he works in the internal and general medecine unit of the Hospital of French Polynesia, where he manages patients hospitalized for ciguatera. In 2014, Dr. Clémence Gatti, with whom he already collaborated in the past during her thesis, offered him to join the team, to take part in a research program dedicated to the chronic forms of this poisoning. Dr Oehler is the medical adviser of www.ciguatera.pf.

 
       
 

Technical collaborators

Pae Tai Pae Uta

Nicolas Ponzo

Mariano Leance

CPS

IRD

 
 

Fish pisctures credits

Philippe Bacchet

John Ernest Randall

 
                 
 Formulaires de déclaration en format "pdf" (cliquer sur l'île concernée pour obtenir le formulaire correspondant)
   SOCIETE     TUAMOTU    MARQUISES    AUSTRALES    GAMBIER
 

Bora Bora

Huahine

Maupiti

Moorea

Raiatea

Tahaa

Tahiti

Tetiaroa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahe

Amanu

Anaa

Apataki

Aratika

Arutua

Faaite

Fakahina

Fakarava

Fangatau

Hao

Heretue

Hikueru

Hiti

Katiu

Kauehi

Kaukura

Makatea

Makemo

Manihi

Marokau

 

 

Mataiva

Napuka

Niau

Nihiru

Nukutavake

Puka puka

Pukarua

Rangiroa

Raraka

Raroia

Reao

Taenga

Takapoto

Takaroa

Takume

Tatakoto

Tematangi

Tepoto

Tikehau

Tuanake

Tureia

Vahitahi

Vairaatea

 

Fatu Hiva

Hiva Oa

Nuku Hiva

Tahuata

Ua Huka

Ua Pou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raivavae

Rapa

Rimatara

Rurutu

Tubuai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mangareva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Télécharger le formulaire en format tableau Excel avec l'ensemble des cartes des îles ici.

 
     
  Bientôt votre site en anglais et en tahitien  
 

Soon, your website in English

 
 

Phrase en tahitien

 
 

To date, few countries have implemented a dedicated monitoring of CP cases. However, in reaction to the expansio the toxic phenomenon on a global scale, local, regional and international initiatives aimed at improving the counting of cases and identifying at risk fishing areas and species are emerging.

 
  CP data and Surveillance  in French Polynesia  
             

 

In 2007, the Louis Malardé Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Health in French Polynesia, set up an epidemiological surveillance network dedicated to ciguatera. This network is based on the participation of Health professionals and the general public, who are invited to report each case of ciguatera brought to their attention.

Due, in part, to its high prevalence, ciguatera is not on the list of notifiable pathologies in French Polynesia. The reporting  therefore relies on the goodwill of the declarant.

There are several ways to declare a Ciguatera:

- by filling out a declaration form by hand, available on below, to be returned by fax (00689) 40 416 406 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- by filling in the online declaration module available here.
- by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
- by phone (00 689) 40 416 411

All declarations are kept and processed anonymously in the Marine Biotoxins Laboratory of the Louis Malardé Institute.

 
 

Download the paper version of the CP declaration in French Polynesia.

Download CP annual reports of French Polynesia

 

   CP Data and Surveillance  in the USA  
 

 

CP cases reported in the USA since 1997: CDC National Outbreaks Reporting System (NORS)

CP Outbreaks recorded in the USA (april 2020). Go to the National Outbreaks Reporting system for more detailed

 
 

Florida Health Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Case Definition

 
 

Florida Health Guide to Surveillance and Investigation Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

 
 

Florida Health Ciguatera case Report form

 
  State of Hawaii Summary of Reported case of Notifiable Diseases 2008-2018  
 

 

 

 
   EUROPE  
 
 

The EuroCigua project, co-funded by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), has for objective to better characterize the health  risk linked to Ciguatera in the European Union. 

Read the EFS article on the fight against ciguatoxin food poisoning in Europe.

 

 
  CARIBBEAN AND FRENCH WEST INDIES  
 

    

 

In the Caribbean, Ciguatera surveillance is managed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

Download the CARPHA Inaugural Report (2013)

 

 

 

  

 

   

In French West Indies, ciguatera surveillance is managed par the Agence Régionale de Santé (ARS)

 

 

Download the ARS Ciguatoxic species flyer
 
  ASIA PACIFIC REGION  
 

In FIDJI, CP cases must be reported to the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS)

 
 

In HONG KONG, Ciguatera is a notifiable disease: CP data are available on the Government website.

 
 

In 2019, AUSTRALIA started a national ciguatera risk management program, involving the implementation of an epidemiological surveillance specifically dedicated to this affection.

 
    

 

 

 

Download the Australian Ciguatera Reasearch Stragy

 

 
  IOC-UNESCO Harmful Algae Event database (HAEDAT)
 
 

HAEDAT is an international database gathering global information on harmful algae events, including ciguatera, and associated monitoring networks.

It is managed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in cooperation with WoRMS, ICES, PICES, IAEA and ISSHA.

 
 

Ciguatera cases reported in the HAEDAT database (april 2020), More details HERE.

 

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CFP statistics in French Polynesia
          

carte-ciguatra-engPTCFP cases officially declared between 2009 and 2014 (click on the map to enlarge)

   

2014

   
   

CFP data in French Polynesia in 2014 (Fr)

   
    2013    
    Number of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning cases per island (Fr)    
    Species of fish responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (Fr)    
   

2012

   
    Number of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning cases per island (Fr)    
    Species of fish responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (Fr)    
   

2011

 

 
    Number of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning cases per island (Fr)    
    Species of fish responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (Fr)    
    2010    
    Number of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning cases per island (Fr)    
    Species of fish responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (Fr)     
    2009    
    Number of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning cases per island (Fr)    
    Species of fish responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (Fr)    
    2008    
    Number of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning cases per island (Fr)    
   

Species of fish responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (Fr)

   
 

                    

To obtain data from previous years, please contact us.

 

 
 
                                        
     
       
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