Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning

Shellfish Toxin
5:11 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxin Closes Beach In South Puget Sound For First Time

Scientists at the Washington Department of Health Lab in Shoreline test shellfish for toxins that come from harmful algal blooms.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / KUOW

Wednesday the Department of Health closed some shellfish beds in South Puget Sound for the first time due to elevated levels of Diarrhetic Shellfish toxin.The biotoxin made 3 people sick after eating mussels harvested in Sequim Bay in 2011.

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Toxic Shellfish In Puget Sound
4:38 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Three Bays In Puget Sound Closed Due To Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Toxin

Three Puget Sound bays were closed to shellfish harvest because of unsafe toxin levels.
Sean A. Lotz Wikimedia Commons

Seasonal blooms of toxic marine algae are causing shellfish bed closures in Washington. But this isn’t your usual “red tide” algae.

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