General Information

Event name: US-18-009
Country: UNITED STATES
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Shellfish
Toxicity detected: Yes (Approximate range: 134-4567g)
Associated syndrome: PSP
Unexplained toxicity: No
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): Blue mussels, manila clams, Pacific oysters, pink scallops.
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes (Marine Biotoxin Program at the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Environmental and Health and Safety.)
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (PSP closures have occurred throughout North Puget Sound previously.)
Individuals to contact: BORCHERT, Jerry , Coyne, Audrey

Location & Date

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General location information: Washington State, North Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest
HAB Area code(s): US-24
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Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd): First detection: 2018-04-30, End: 2018-07-17
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Microalgae

Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Alexandrium catenella ( cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
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Environmental Conditions

Weather: Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
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Toxin Assay Information

Species containing the toxin Toxin type Toxin details Max. concentration Assay type
Blue mussels Saxitoxins 4567g Bioassay-Mouse
Pacific oysters Saxitoxins 240g Bioassay-Mouse
Pink scallops Saxitoxins 134g Bioassay-Mouse
Kit used: No Type of kit used:
Additional information:
Economic losses: Recreational and commercial shellfish harvest seasons were interrupted, causing an economic loss to the North Puget Sound Washington communities.
Management decision: WADOH closed shellfish harvesting at impacted areas to protect public health.
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Created at 09:35 on 28 Mar 2019
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