Tacloban City, Leyte – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region VIII (BFAR VIII) have considered Cancabato, Irong-irong and Cambatutay Bays, all in Western Samar, to be red tide toxin positive based on their latest laboratory results conducted in said fishing grounds.
Drusila Esther Bayate, BFAR’s Assistant Director for Technical Services, advised the public not to eat, gather, harvest, transport and sell shellfish from these fishing areas to avoid paralytic shellfish poisoning.
“The public is hereby informed that fish harvested from the said areas are safe human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking,” Bayate said.
Meanwhile, 2 deaths were reported after eating sea produce with red tide poison.
The Catbalogan City Health Office said that 8 members of Arimala family of Sierra Islands of Catbalogan City were confined at Samar Provincial Hospital but were later transferred to Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC).
City Health Officer Dr. Gerarda Tizon said that the family consumed a local shellfish for supper but the family felt sick and vomited later on. One member eventually died.
Meanwhile, a family of 3 from Barangay San Andres, also of Catbalogan City, were rushed to Provincial Hospital after eating mussels, locally called “tahong,” bought from the city’s market.
A member of this family also perished from the poison.