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Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning - Washington State

 
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Areas near Ruston Way, Solo Beach and Saltars Point are among the additional Pierce County beaches closed due to high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison. Unusually high levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) toxins were found in Tacoma's Commencement Bay shellfish. Toxin levels have been increasing since last reports in August [2012], and more Pierce County beaches have been closed as a result. Recreational shellfish harvesting closures are in effect for all but a small portion of Pierce County beaches. PSP toxins are not visible in the water or in shellfish. Eating shellfish contaminated with PSP toxins can be fatal. The toxins cannot be destroyed by cooking or freezing. PSP toxins can only be detected by laboratory testing. Conditions are changing rapidly and there will likely be more areas closed in the very near future. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has posted signs in impacted areas of the county, including Ruston Way, Dash Point County Park, Brown's Point Park, Owens Beach, Point Defiance boathouse, Narrows Park, Day Island marina, Wollochet Bay boat launch, Fox Island Bridge, Solo Beach, Saltars Point, and Sunrise Beach County Park warning people to not eat shellfish from these areas. The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels, scallops and other species of mollusks. Crabs and shrimp are not included in the closure. Commercial beaches are sampled separately and commercial products should be safe to eat.
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ah, well, good thing i stopped feeding me and mine shellfish a year and a half ago. or any kind of fish.

but thank you kindly for the heads up. hf
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and five stars, of course.
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Re: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning - Washington State
Here's a list of beaches as of today

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Re: Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning - Washington State
Paralytic shellfish poisoning is caused by a different dinoflagellate with a different toxin, than that causing ciguatera poisoning. These dinoflagellates have a red-brown color, and can grow to such numbers that they cause red streaks to appear in the ocean called "red tides." This toxin is known to concentrate within certain shellfish that typically live in the colder coastal waters of the Pacific states and New England, though the syndrome has been reported in Central America. Shellfish that have caused this disease include mussels, cockles, clams, scallops, oysters, crabs, and lobsters. Symptoms begin anywhere from 15 minutes to 10 hours after eating the contaminated shellfish, although usually within 2 hours. Symptoms are generally mild, and begin with numbness or tingling of the face, arms, and legs. This is followed by headache, dizziness, nausea, and muscular incoordination. Patients sometimes describe a floating sensation. In cases of severe poisoning, muscle paralysis and respiratory failure occur, and in these cases death may occur in 2 to 25 hours.



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Thanks! cool2
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