Toxic Algae Has Contaminated Some Shellfish In Washington And If Eaten Can Cause Paralysis And Even Death

Toxic algae blooms have been occurring all over the U.S. this summer, and many Washington beaches are among the affected locations. Compounds known as biotoxins are produced by the aquatic plant, which are later stored in the flesh of shellfish who eat it. Harvesting of shellfish has been temporarily banned at certain beaches because humans can become paralyzed and even die upon consuming affected sea creatures. Here’s everything you need to know:

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Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website or Facebook page to learn more.

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