Marine toxins

Thomas D. Waite, David J. Baker, Virginia Murray

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Abstract

The global climate is changing and will continue to change over the coming century. The findings of the 2012 UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, which represents a key part of governmental response to the Climate Change Act 2008, state that there are potential health benefits as well as threats from this. The risk of health problems caused by marine and freshwater pathogens is a key threat, which is projected to increase. This chapter presents a review of the major mechanisms by which man can become envenomated by marine animals. It identifies some of the most common toxic poisoning syndromes affecting UK consumers associated with eating fish contaminated by marine toxins as well as envenomating sea creatures that may be encountered in UK waters, with a brief description of the effects of some of the most toxic of marine fauna worldwide. The low incidence of human disease resulting from ingestion of marine toxins in the UK and Europe can in part be attributed to the monitoring programs and consequent public health actions in place. These arrangements will come under increasing pressure with redistribution of algal species and directly envenomating animals. Climate change and increasing global travel mean all must remain aware of the potential dangers to health in marine waters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssentials of Autospy Practice
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances, Update and Emerging Technologies
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Pages39-58
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781447152705
ISBN (Print)9781447152699
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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