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By Dan Rudy 

PSP found in butter clams at Shoemaker Bay

 


Following up on a warning issued this summer, the risk of poisoning from area shellfish has been revised.

Shellfish specimens found around Shoemaker Bay in August had tested positive for saxitoxin, which causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). Severe cases of PSP can cause nausea, vomiting, neurological effects, respiratory failure and ultimately death. First signs tend to be a numbness of the mouth after eating tainted shellfish.

The Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research website at www.seator.org/data maintains a page laying out updated information on beaches where toxins have been di...



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