Shellfish toxins close some Pierce County beaches

TACOMA — The Washington Health Department has closed a number of Pierce County beaches to recreational shellfish harvesting after high levels of paralytic shellfish poison were found in samples.

The News Tribune said the closure was announced Thursday.

County health department workers have posted advisory signs in affected areas.

Paralytic shellfish poisoning occurs when people eat shellfish containing a potent neurotoxin that is not destroyed by cooking or freezing.

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