DOH alerts communities to potential risk at beaches

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM.

    * Residents living in beach areas affected by red tide should close windows and run the air conditioner (making sure that the filter is maintained according to manufacturer’s specifications).

    * Recreational fishermen:

          o Do not eat mollusks (clams or oysters) taken from red tide waters, as they contain toxins that cause a food poisoning

          o Finfish caught live can be eaten if filleted.

          o Use common sense: harvesting distressed or dead animals is not advised under any circumstances. Edible parts of other animals (crustaceans such as crabs, shrimp and lobsters) are not affected by red tide and can be eaten.

    * Pet owners: red tide poses a risk to animals brought to the beach and can affect those that ingest the algae. Be sure to rinse animals off with freshwater if they swim in red tide waters.

Please note, commercial seafood found in restaurants and grocery stores is safe to eat because it comes from red tide-free water and is closely monitored.

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