|Goodbye coral trouts and tasty reef fish|
I am not sure if this is the case in Indonesia, but i think Indonesian are immune to Ciguatera or the Indonesian marine department are telling the truth that only .01% of Indonesia water is affected. Most of the fish are sold in the local market and consume by Indonesian daily. Is also sold in all the seafood restaurant. I guess we are bless in Bali free from dinoflagellate (a type of algae). All the different cod species that we eat have never given us any trouble, but instead we all have satisfied stomach.
We also export the majority of the 400 different species around the world. i have never heard any complain or problem from the exporter customer. We hope this can continue to the next generation. It will be hard to explain to grandchildren that we used to enjoy eating this fish and sorry you guys cant eat.
According to some website we are advise to:
- Eat fewer coral fish (which eliminate 70% of our targeted fish)
- Eat smaller amount ( this make me really depress)
- Avoid the roe, liver, skin guts, and head of the reef fish.I disagree with the head, is the best part of the fish. This is crazy!
- We need to avoid nuts, alcohol beverages and seed products. I guess everyone who eats at kedongan and jimbaran are in trouble. and no Bintang beer for us after spearfishing!
- Seek help if you feel the symptom.
Basically all the grouper you can find in the island of the god is dangerous, Mangrove jack, scribbled snapper, coral trout, Spanish mackerel. The list is depressing, i hope this is not a scam.
GI decontamination with activated charcoal may be of value if performed within 3-4 hours of ingestion. Avoid syrup of ipecac because of its potential to worsen fluid losses. Orogastric lavage is not recommended; it is not of proven benefit for ciguatera poisoning, and risks of this procedure are likely to outweigh benefits.
Antiemetics may control nausea and vomiting.
Cool showers and antihistamines have been recommended to relieve pruritus.
Manage hypotension with volume replacement. Pressor agents rarely are needed.
Bradyarrhythmias respond well to atropine
Medications used to treat ciguatera poisoning include (1) neurologic agents, (2) serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, (3) antihistamines, (4) analgesics, (5) antipyretics, and (6) anti-inflammatories.
One group in Japan has reported developing a strategy to use monoclonal antibodies to treat ciguatera toxicity. Possibly an effective treatment will be available in the near future.
Any fish products
Opiates and barbiturates also may exacerbate symptoms and are not recommended.