Scombroid poisoning. Report of an outbreak

P. A. Lerke, S. B. Werner, S. L. Taylor, L. S. Guthertz

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An outbreak of scombroid poisoning occurred in San Francisco in the fall of 1977. The vehicle was sashimi prepared from spoiled tuna fish. Prompt public health measures prevented further consumption of the implicated food. Laboratory studies showed the presence in the tuna of bacterial species capable of producing large amounts of histamine, a substance strongly implicated in scombroid poisoning. Chemical analysis showed that histamine is very unevenly distributed in the flesh of spoiling tuna, therefore accounting for the sometimes random occurrence of disease among people eating the same food at the same table.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978


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Lerke, P. A., Werner, S. B., Taylor, S. L., & Guthertz, L. S. (1978). Scombroid poisoning. Report of an outbreak. Western Journal of Medicine, 129(5), 381-386.