J Korean Soc Emerg Med.  2002 Dec;13(4):459-465.

The Clinical Investigation of Acute Diarrheal Disease by Seafood in Autumn at a Seacoast Communities of Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Taean Medical Center, Chungnam, Korea. hrfamily@medigate.net

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between acute diarrheal disease and causative seafood.
METHODS
This study was done retrospectively by investigating age, sex, symptoms, and causative seafoods in 140 patients. Correlating symptoms were vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, and bloody diarrhea. Causative seafood were crab, spiny lobster, pickles, sliced raw fish, and shellfish. All patients was seen at our hospital between September and November in two consecutive years, 2000 and 2001.
RESULTS
An characteristic of seafood related food poisoning was an age of 30 or older. The major cause of seafood related food poisoning was crab. The most common symptom of seafood related food poisoning was abdominal pain. Symptom of crab relate food poisoning was most severe.
CONCLUSION
Further studies are recommended to document an epidemiology and bacteriologic analysis of seafood related food poisoning in Chungnam-Taeangun.

Keyword

Diarrhea; Food poisoning

MeSH Terms

Abdominal Pain
Diarrhea
Epidemiology
Fever
Foodborne Diseases
Humans
Korea*
Palinuridae
Retrospective Studies
Seafood*
Shellfish
Vomiting
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