May 10, 2021

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7 cases of shellfish poisoning in the past 24 hours (Rotorua Daily Post)

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A further warning has been issued after seven people turned up to hospital with symptoms of toxic shellfish poisoning.

In the past 24 hours five people have been seen by Rotorua Hospital and there have been two unrelated cases at Tauranga Hospital.

Each person affected had eaten shellfish collected from the coastline between Mount Maunganui and Papamoa.

A statement from the Medical Officer of Health Dr Phil Shoemack said their symptoms ranged from tingling round the mouth and face, tingling of the skin on their arms and hands, mild weakness when walking, and diarrhoea and vomiting.

The statement said that as the summer holiday season approaches, Dr Shoemack would like to remind the public that the health warning due to shellfish toxins along parts of the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty coastline is still in place.

“We have had reports that people have been continuing to eat shellfish and have felt unwell after doing so. The toxins can make people very ill and we strongly advise not consuming shellfish from any part of the affected area,” said Dr Shoemack.

“The cases seen at local hospitals in the past day [are] a stark reminder of the risk of ignoring the warning.

Since August high levels of paralytic shellfish poison have been found in shellfish along a significant stretch of coastline.

A health warning is already in place advising against the collection of shellfish from Tairua on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, south to Waihi Beach and along the Bay of Plenty coast to Whakatane Heads in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. The warning includes Tairua Harbour as well as Tauranga Harbour, Maketu and Waihi estuaries, Matakana and Motiti islands, and all other inshore islands along this coastline.

The health warning applies to all bi-valve shellfish including mussels, pipi, tuatua, cockles, oysters, scallops as well as cat’s-eyes and kina (sea urchin). Shellfish in the affected area should not be taken or consumed. Paua, crayfish and crabs can still be taken but as always, the gut should be removed before cooking.

Consumption of shellfish affected by the paralytic shellfish toxin can cause numbness and tingling around the mouth, face or extremities; difficulty swallowing or breathing; dizziness; double vision; and in severe cases, paralysis and respiratory failure. These symptoms usually occur within 12 hours of a person consuming affected shellfish. Anyone suffering illness after eating shellfish should seek medical attention.

For up to date information on health warnings in Bay of Plenty go towww.ttophs.govt.nzand click on health warnings. Or call 0800 221 555 and select option 6 to speak to the on call Health Protection Officer.




2 thoughts on “7 cases of shellfish poisoning in the past 24 hours (Rotorua Daily Post)

  1. Stuff like this toxicity now happening in our local environment can be expected to increase with a vengeance over the coming years making much of our seafood at various times of the year poisonous. This is already happening all over the world and is in direct response of marine organisms to rising sea water temperatures. Recent open ocean studies have confirm small larvae of crustations floating in the top few meters are not able to develop hard shells the calcium uptake now inhibited by other breakdowns in the take-up process due to warmer waters preventing the necessary chemical reactions. Our local team of Rangatira which started work in 1980 from Maketu to establish a marine farm in the outer BOP now scuttle fro the second time with the passing of the recent EEZ legislation when doing long range projection and taking global warming into account encountered several dangerous variables likely to occur as local temperatures exceeded the 1 degree mark. Unfortunately some 32 years later we now find this has already occurred in most parts of the planet and now here and yet such important information has not been reported by mainstream media here. We have it from solid irrefutable source the media here who are Aussie owned have been instructed by so called corrupt powerful politcal elements to hide knowledge and information of these escalating parameters we are now seeing the early effects of. Thus my fellow kinsmen of Te Arawa and those lovely inlaws of mine throughout the Motu of Aotearoa let us knuckle down and be wary of what’s coming our way as it can and will be lethal. GOD the Father the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit Bless YOU ALL.

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