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How do you get shellfish poisoning?

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You can get poisoning from clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, cockles, starfish, and crustaceans that feed during a red tide. That’s when sea waters turn a reddish color because large numbers of red organisms, dinoflagellates, that release toxins that can cause paralysis. Contaminated shellfish don’t taste, smell, or look any different. And cooking won’t kill the toxin.

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Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: N Stuart Harris, MD, MFA, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Kimo Takayesu, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

CHC Medical Library and Patient Education: "Fish and shellfish poisoning."

SailNet: "Dangerous Seafood."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: N Stuart Harris, MD, MFA, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Kimo Takayesu, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

CHC Medical Library and Patient Education: "Fish and shellfish poisoning."

SailNet: "Dangerous Seafood."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 15, 2018

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