JOINT RELEASE – Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2010
Contact: Greg Wilkinson (DHSS), (907) 269-7285, Cell (907) 382-7032
Weld Royal (DEC) (907) 465-5009, email@example.com
Additional PSP reported in Haines
Local man released from the hospital this morning
(Anchorage, AK) — Epidemiologists with the Department of Health and Social Services received a
report Sunday of another case of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).
According to officials at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, the patient, a middle aged man from
Haines, reportedly developed symptoms consistent with PSP after eating Dungeness crab in Haines on
Friday. It is believed that the PSP came from the viscera (guts). PSP is not normally found in the crab
meat. Symptoms included tingling in his lips, numbing in his body, weakness and poor coordination. The
man was medevaced to Juneau on Saturday and released from the hospital this morning.
The crab was reportedly caught in front of Jenkins Rock near the Chilkat Inlet of Lynn Canal. No one
else who ate crab caught at the same time reported any symptoms.
DEC and DHSS officials warn the public not to consume the viscera from recreational and subsistence
harvested crabs. Crab meat is not considered to be a source of PSP. Additionally, DEC plans to begin
testing crab from the implicated southeastern area.
This is the fifth case of paralytic shellfish poisoning reported to the state in the past two weeks. Shellfish
consumers should be aware that PSP can occur in any shellfish at any time of the year, and should be
aware of the classic PSP symptoms, including numbness or tingling of the face, arms, and legs; headache;
dizziness; nausea; and poor coordination, so that they may immediately induce vomiting if they occur.
PSP is considered a public health emergency and must be reported immediately to the Section of
Epidemiology by health c