29 December 2010

From Sri Lanka we hear the disturbing news that cyanotoxins have been linked to kidney disease.  3150 deaths have been reported during the past 14 years in the North Central Province. This further compounds the complications already posed not only by the direct toxicity of these compounds, but also those linking cyanobacterial to ALS and Alzheimers (more on this on this blog in the New Year).  Worryingly, a comment made re this announcement was “hope she won’t lose her job” – referring to the scientist responsible! Here in SA we have seen a few people lose theirs for telling the truth!

Although not a freshwater incident (it could be), 11 people in Zihuatanejo, Acapulco have been poisoned by saxitoxins accumulated in clams.

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