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CIGUATOXIN

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The toxin causing ciguatera. It is produced by dinoflagellates which are then eaten by small fish. As these fish get eaten by larger ones progressing up the food chain the toxin becomes concentrated in the flesh (and liver) and can then intoxicate humans. In humans the toxin is not destroyed and so further ingestion of ciguatoxin causes a cumulative effect.

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