Biological Hazard – Pacific ocean – west – Philippines

EDIS Number: BH-20120404-34768-PHL
Date / time: 04/04/2012 07:43:59 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Multiple areas
Location: [Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zambales, Eastern Samar, Bataan, Pangasinan and Bolinao]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


As the Filipino faithful pile up their stocks of sea foods for the Holy Week, seven bodies of water around the country are currently producing shellfishes that are not safe for consumption with Pangasinan accounting for three of them. In a bulletin issued by the Department of Health (DOH), it advised the public against consuming shellfishes coming from the identified coastal waters. “All types of shellfish and alamang gathered from these areas shown are NOT SAFE for human consumption,” said the advisory. Included in the list are Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; the Bataan coastal waters; the coastal waters of Alaminos in Pangasinan; and the coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda in Pangasinan. “They are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit,” said the advisory. On the other hand, authorities said fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are deemed safe for human consumption “provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly”. The DOH had already said in the past that consuming shellfish with red tide toxin may soon lead to symptoms such as facial numbness, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulty, abdominal cramps, and weakness or paralysis of one or more extremities. It added that symptoms of red tide poisoning can already be felt in less than 24 hours after acquiring the red tide microorganisms. “These symptoms will be felt within 12 hours after eating red tide contaminated shellfish,” said the health department advisory. The DOH added that after the first symptom is felt, the patient should immediately be brought to the nearest hospital.

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