Home > News > Nation
Wednesday February 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 12:01:52 PM
by stephanie lee
KOTA KINABALU: A man died and 17 others were hospitalised after consuming mussels and bivalves infected with red tide toxins, in the most serious case of paralystic shellfish poisoning (PSP) this season.
Sabah Fisheries Department director Rayner Stuel Galid said his department received a report from the State Health Department about the latest incident.
The victims had all purchased cockles and bivalves from street peddlers at the Inanam market, Galid said in a statement on Wednesday.
He said the red tide warning was still in place and urged the public to avoid consuming all types of marine shellfish or bivalves.
These include sea oysters, mussels, cockles, bivalves and any type of clam-like seafood.
Beginning late November, the department detected a high amount of PSP toxins in samples of bivalves obtained from the west coast through its red tide monitoring programme.
In January, two teenagers died from consuming poisonous shellfish.
Among the initial symptoms include tingling lips and tongue, a sensation of the 'pins and needles' on the skin, followed by loss of control of arms and legs, and difficulty breathing that could result in death.
Tags / Keywords:
Nation, News, red tide, shellfish, sabah, Health
Bersih 4: KK rally ends before noon
Bersih 4: All calm in Kota Kinabalu
Sabah sticks to stand on Bangladeshi workers
Bersih 4: Sabah group to go ahead with plans
Sabah offers stadium to Bersih 4
Bersih 4: Brisk business in yellow t-shirts
Impromptu rally taking place in Penang
Bersih 4: Protesters invited to National Day concert
Bersih 4: Organisers announce end to Kuching rally
Crowds gather at Ambang Merdeka concert despite venue change
Five unusual ways to build endurance for a marathon
Jobless woman happy to own a house
Social tourney in carnival style
British payments glitch at HSBC leaves thousands without wages
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)