Human health effects of exposure to Pfiesteria piscicida: a review.


Journal Article (Review)

Since its identification, the dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicida has been implicated in fish kills and fish disease in the southeastern United States. Adverse health effects have been reported in researchers working with the organism and in watermen following exposure to a fish kill in Maryland. A bioactive secretion is postulated as the cause of these effects but has not yet been isolated and chemically characterized. The biology and toxicology of this organism remain the topic of debate and research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swinker, M; Tester, P; Koltai Attix, D; Schmechel, D

Published Date

  • June 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 751 - 762

PubMed ID

  • 12067835

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12067835

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1286-4579

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s1286-4579(02)01594-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • France