4 DECEMBER 1997. CHILE: FISHERIES (SHELLFISH AND TOXINS)

Chile reports that shellfish in Antofagasta, northern Chile, are contaminated with the microalga, Dinophysus acuta, which produces a toxin that causes gastroenteritis in humans. Over 320 cases have been been reported. Harvesting and sales have been banned in the area. Peru has also begun surveys for red tides in its southern areas adjacent to Chile. --La Tercera, on-line edition, summary and translation by Dave Coder <dcoder@u.washington.edu> via Dorothy Preslar <dpreslar@fas.org>

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