Site Menu

Food Poisoning
What is Food Poisoning?
Is it Food Poisoning?
Food Poisoning Causes
Food Poisoning Symptoms
Food Poisoning Signs
Prevent Food Poisoning
How Long Does Food Poisoning Last?
Food Poisoning Remedies
Is Food Poisoning Contagious?
Food Poisoning Treatment
Food Poisoning Facts
Severe Food Poisoning
Botulism Food Poisoning
Salmonella Food Poisoning
Mild Food Poisoning
Canned Food Poisoning
Rice Food Poisoning
Poultry Food Poisoning
Mayonnaise Food Poisoning
Cheese Food Poisoning
Mushroom Food Poisoning
Seafood Food Poisoning
Shellfish Food Poisoning
Clam Food Poisoning
Crab Meat Food Poisoning?
Salmon Food Poisoning
Shrimp Food Poisoning
Meat Food Poisoning
Food Poisoning From Pork
Hamburger Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning from Shellfish

Infectious viruses, parasites and bacteria that harbor in the bodies of shellfish like oysters, clams, scallops, shrimps, dried fish, crabs, salted fish and mussels, cause food contamination or shellfish food poisoning. These shellfish are known to be filter feeders, so they accumulate all poisons or toxins produced by algae which we contract when we eat them as delicacies.

Types of shellfish food poisoning



There are four types of shellfish poisoning. These are:
Treatment: If the victim is dehydrated, give him a lot of liquids to restore his electrolyte content. To clear your stomach of toxins, stomach pumping may be necessary and should be done by a doctor who may also prescribe antibiotics. Vomiting can be induced if the patient has eaten the shellfish within the past three hours. Nausea should be controlled by giving IV fluids.

Prevention: To avoid any further bouts of shellfish poisoning, do not eat shellfish exposed to red tides. They are usually set off by toxic plankton and reproduce large-scale, causing water to turn reddish-brown.

Ensure that the shellfish is cooked at the right temperature and that the food handlers are working with clean hands and use clean dishes and utensils.