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Toxic mussel warning issued for east coast (Aus)

 
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Toxic mussel warning issued for east coast (Aus)
Unsafe levels of potentially deadly toxins in mussels on Tasmania's east coast have sparked a health alert.

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Re: Toxic mussel warning issued for east coast (Aus)
The public is being warned against eating mussels harvested from the Spring Bay area near Maria Island.

The toxins have forced the closure of the Spring Bay Seafood shellfish farm, with the business recalling its mussels from the market.

Farms in Little Swanport, Georges Bay and Ansons Bay have been closed as a precaution while further tests are carried out.

In a statement, the Director of Public Health Roscoe Taylor says high levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin have been caused by naturally-occuring algal blooms in the area.

"I strongly stress people should not harvest or eat any wild shellfish from these affected areas as it could result in potentially fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning," he says.

"No reports have been received of mussel or other shellfish-related illness, but high levels of paralytic shellfish toxins can be fatal in extreme cases and children are more susceptible than adults."
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Re: Toxic mussel warning issued for east coast (Aus)
Symptoms of toxic poisining include;

•tingling in the mouth and extremities
•pins and needles
•unsteadiness on the feet
•weakness of the arms or legs
•nausea

"Anyone experiencing these symptoms after eating seafood from or near the affected area should seek immediate medical attention," Dr Taylor says.

He's also warned that cooking or freezing the shell fish does not destroy the toxins.

The affected areas are unlikely to remain closed for weeks, while the algal blooms clear and further testing occurs.

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