Public health officials are warning people to avoid eating sport-harvested shellfish, anchovies, sardines and crabs taken from coastal waters.
The health advisory comes after testing showed high levels of domoic acid in shellfish taken from the county’s coastal waters. Domoic acid is a toxin produced by algae in the water.
Symptoms of mild cases of domoic acid poisoning resemble flu symptoms including vomiting and stomach cramps. Severe cases of poisoning can result in seizures, coma and death.
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Shellfish accumulate the poison in their tissues after filtering the algae out of the water. The poison can also accumulate in the viscera of anchovies, sardines and crab, commonly referred to as crab butter.
There is no known antidote to domoic acid poisoning. Anyone experiencing poisoning symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
— David Sneed
A Paso Robles woman killed in a motorcycle wreck about 10:30 p.m. Monday near Spring Street died of blunt force trauma, an autopsy has revealed.
CHP officers said Erin Kelly Norton, 39, was riding a Harley Davidson XL882 when she exited onto Spring Street off Highway 101 south, according to the CHP.
CHP officers said an unsafe turning movement in the off-ramp caused her to lose control of the motorcycle and apply the rear brake. She apparently struck the right curb and was thrown from the vehicle.
Officials said the woman was wearing a “lid” type helmet, which came off when she hit the ground. Alcohol has not been ruled out as a possible factor in the crash, according to the CHP.
A Sheriff’s department spokesman said a toxicology examination is pending in the investigation of Norton’s death.
The results should be available within a couple of weeks, department officials said.
— Nick Wilson
The university will offer free dental and medical screening today as part of its first-ever HANDs on Health event.
Today’s event will include individual, family and community health workshops.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center and Cal Poly kinesiology department.
Anyone who mentions HANDs on Health to a San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority driver will receive free bus rides to and from Cal Poly, university officials said.
For more information, visit stride.calpoly.edu
— Stephen Curran
Part of downtown will be closed to motorists as children and businesses participate in the trick-or-treat event Downtown Halloween this evening.
Twelfth Street will be closed between Spring and Pine streets next to Downtown City Park from 3 to 8 p.m.
To see a map of the closure, visit www.prcity.com/police.
Motorists are also advised to slow for pedestrian traffic crossing 13th at Pine and Park streets for the business event, as well as elsewhere in the city during the evening’s Halloween activities.
— Tonya Strickland