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When should a person affected by shellfish poisoning seek medical care?

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Seek medical treatment immediately if the person is unable to tolerate oral fluids, if fever is present, if there is blood in the stool, or if other concerning symptoms develop.

For all other cases of shellfish poisoning, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

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Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: Ivette Motola, MD, 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."

CDC: "Marine Toxins."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: Ivette Motola, MD, 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."

CDC: "Marine Toxins."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2018

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