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CIPHI Seminar Series: Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in Peel: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention and Management
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: Webinar only
Research and Collaboration
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: Webinar
Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Ciguatera fish poisoning is the most commonly reported seafood-toxin in the world.  The gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiovascular symptoms which last from days to months can also be fatal in rare instances.  Ciguatera fish poisoning is acquired from the consumption of carnivorous reef fish that have bio-accumulated toxic macro-algae from the consumption of herbivorous fish in tropical and subtropical climates. In the summer of 2013, two separate families became ill from Ciguatera fish poisoning after eating the same King Barracuda. Inspection of food premises and trace-back methods were used to determine the source of the fish. Peel Health was able to attain laboratory confirmation of ciguatoxin in the fish consumed and interview ill individuals experiencing similar signs and symptoms which is the current gold standard method for diagnosis.  Temperature related dysesthesia is one of the distinct symptoms of Ciguatera fish poisoning.  Symptom recurrence and sensitization are also a concern. This presentation examines the human health aspects of Ciguatera, as well as diagnosis, prevention and treatment through the cases in Peel Region.


Educational objectives for the audience:

Gain knowledge about Ciguatoxin sources and exposure pathways
Identify and confirm cases of ciguatera poisoning that may appear in the community
Understand available methods of Ciguatoxin detection in fish
Recognize role of public health in education and prevention


Presenter: Paresh Gandhi

Paresh Gandhi has been a Public Health Inspector in the Environmental Health Division at the Region of Peel Public Health Department since 2008.   He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science with honours in Occupational and Public Health from Ryerson in 2007.  Prior to that, Paresh worked as an environmental coordinator for Trim Trends Canada Inc. where he was instrumental in helping them achieve their ISO 14001 certification.  Paresh has extensive knowledge of environmental and quality systems having earned the designation of Environmental Lead Auditor and Quality Auditor in ISO 14001 and ISO/TS 16949 systems. Paresh also has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Engineering Applications from Conestoga College.


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