How to prevent CFP?

A toxic fish cannot be distinguished from a nontoxic one, as toxins are tasteless, odorless and colorless. Als o, methods of preparation of the fish (raw, cooked, salted, dried …) does not eliminate ciguatoxins from the fish tissue or make them less potent.    

However, it is possible to avoid and/or reduce the severity of poisoning by applying a few basic rules:

1- Seek advices from the town/island fishermen. They have, most of the time, very good knowledge of the areas and fish to avoid; 

2- See our cartographysection, which report toxic areas as well as toxic fish or ask the local health authority in cha rge of your country’s surveillance network;

3- Avoid eating the head and viscera, where toxins are mostly concentrated;

4- If any doubts, only eat a small amount of fish.

     What to do in case of poisoning?

1- See a physician or a medical professional, as soon as the first symptoms occur;

2- Avoid consuming any marine products, animal proteins, alcohol, coffee, energy drinks and nuts (walnuts, peanuts ...), for several weeks. As consumption of certain type of food can trigger, or worsen neuromuscular and gastrointestinal symptoms. You may then, gradually reintroduce them into your diet one by one;

3- In addition to the treatment prescribed by your physician, it is suggested to do a vitamin C, B1, B6 and B12 therapy until the symptoms resolve;

4- If your physician has not reported your case or if you did not consult any medical professional, please report your CFP episode directly on this website or to your local health authority;

5- Avoid breastfeeding your child for a month or as long as CFP symptoms are still present;

6- Some situations such as, intense physical activity, passing under a stream of cold air, sun exposure, may also trigger some symptoms (itching, tingling…). Therefore, these situations must be avoided as much as possible.



Learn more about the food to avoid after an episode of CFP.

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