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News report of "Toxic coral spores" in Adelaide

Postby Stayawhile » Tue 02 May, 2017 6:54 pm

I'm guessing this story is the result of Palytoxin intoxication from playthoa (zoanthid)

Anyone got any more info?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-02/a ... es/8488910

"Toxic coral spores suspected of poisoning seven people south of Adelaide"

A family of seven living just south of Adelaide is in hospital because of suspected poisoning from spores released by coral from a household aquarium which was scrubbed with a cleaning brush.

Ambulance crews were called to the house on Sunday Parade at Aldinga Beach, about 2:30am, when the residents fell ill.

They were taken to hospital after being spoken to.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) and police were then called to the scene, which has been cordoned off.

The CFS said it traced the problem to the aquarium because of what the family members had said and the symptoms they were displaying — mainly breathing problems.

"Those two together [we] worked out that it was the spores [from the coral]," CFS regional officer Peter Phillips said.

"It would appear that in trying to clean the coral, they've taken it out of the aquarium and scrubbed it with a brush and that's liberated the spores."

Coral experts consulted, HAZMAT teams on site

Mr Phillips said the family fell ill three to four hours after the cleaning of what he called the "readily available" coral.

He said South Australia's primary industries department was talking with coral experts from as far away as James Cook University in Queensland.

Three hazardous materials removal teams are on site, wearing protective suits and breathing gear, each working in 20-minute shifts."
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