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Ciguatera fish poisoning in la Habana, Cuba: a study of local social-ecological resilience.
Ecohealth 2008; 5(3):346-59E

Abstract

Following the collapse of the Cuban economy in the early 1990s, epidemiologists in the Cuban Ministry of Health noticed dramatic increases in reported outbreaks of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) in some coastal communities. This article summarizes the results of a comparative case study which applied an ecosystem approach to human health to investigate this issue. Situated learning and complexity theories were used to interpret the results of the investigation. CFP outbreaks are influenced by a complex set of interactions between ecological and socioeconomic processes. This study found that the level of organization of the local sports fishing community and the degree of degradation of the local nearshore marine ecosystem appear to be key factors influencing the diverging levels of CFP outbreaks recorded in the 1990s in the communities studied.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Environment and Resource Science/Studies, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON, Canada K9J 7B8. karenemorrison@trentu.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18716840

Citation

Morrison, Karen, et al. "Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in La Habana, Cuba: a Study of Local Social-ecological Resilience." EcoHealth, vol. 5, no. 3, 2008, pp. 346-59.
Morrison K, Aguiar Prieto P, Castro Domínguez A, et al. Ciguatera fish poisoning in la Habana, Cuba: a study of local social-ecological resilience. Ecohealth. 2008;5(3):346-59.
Morrison, K., Aguiar Prieto, P., Castro Domínguez, A., Waltner-Toews, D., & Fitzgibbon, J. (2008). Ciguatera fish poisoning in la Habana, Cuba: a study of local social-ecological resilience. EcoHealth, 5(3), pp. 346-59. doi:10.1007/s10393-008-0188-7.
Morrison K, et al. Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in La Habana, Cuba: a Study of Local Social-ecological Resilience. Ecohealth. 2008;5(3):346-59. PubMed PMID: 18716840.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Ciguatera fish poisoning in la Habana, Cuba: a study of local social-ecological resilience. AU - Morrison,Karen, AU - Aguiar Prieto,Pablo, AU - Castro Domínguez,Arnaldo, AU - Waltner-Toews,David, AU - Fitzgibbon,John, Y1 - 2008/08/21/ PY - 2008/03/07/received PY - 2008/06/19/accepted PY - 2008/06/12/revised PY - 2008/8/22/pubmed PY - 2009/4/11/medline PY - 2008/8/22/entrez SP - 346 EP - 59 JF - EcoHealth JO - Ecohealth VL - 5 IS - 3 N2 - Following the collapse of the Cuban economy in the early 1990s, epidemiologists in the Cuban Ministry of Health noticed dramatic increases in reported outbreaks of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) in some coastal communities. This article summarizes the results of a comparative case study which applied an ecosystem approach to human health to investigate this issue. Situated learning and complexity theories were used to interpret the results of the investigation. CFP outbreaks are influenced by a complex set of interactions between ecological and socioeconomic processes. This study found that the level of organization of the local sports fishing community and the degree of degradation of the local nearshore marine ecosystem appear to be key factors influencing the diverging levels of CFP outbreaks recorded in the 1990s in the communities studied. SN - 1612-9210 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18716840/full_citation L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10393-008-0188-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -