RED TIDE. Photo of Irong Irong Bay in Catbalogan City, Samar. A girl died and four other minors were hospitalized after consuming shellfish from Irong Irong Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 13, 2020). (Photo courtesy of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources)

TACLOBAN CITY – A four-year-old girl died and four other children from Catbalogan City in Samar were rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after eating red tide-infected shellfish, the Department of Health (DOH) reported.

The paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) took the life early Tuesday of the child from Old Mahayag village in Catbalogan.

Four other young victims from the same village were rushed to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in this city, said Roderick Boyd Cerro, DOH regional surveillance officer.

The victims manifested symptoms such as numbness, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Infected shellfishes were gathered in Irong-Irong Bay, one of the 13 bays in Eastern Visayas with existing shellfish ban due to the presence of red tide toxins in both shellfish meat and seawater.

“At least 15 other people who also consumed shellfish with the victims are now under strict observation,” Cerro said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

In Daram, Samar six individuals aged 18-55 years old, have been admitted at the Samar Provincial Hospital after eating shellfish on October 10, BFAR reported on Wednesday.

It can be recalled that in mid-September, two children died due to PSP in Daram town. PSP occurs from ingesting bivalve shellfish (such as mussels, oysters, and clams) that contain toxins. (Click read more to continue reading)


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By Sarwell Meniano