WARNING! Red Tide Causes Problems in Area
According to a report in La Cronica, dated January 15th, the San Felipe area is experiencing a “red tide.” Red tide is a phenomenon caused by algal blooms (Wikipedia definition) during which algae become so numerous that they discolor coastal waters (hence the name “red tide”). The algal bloom may also deplete oxygen in the waters and/or release toxins that may cause illness in fish, humans and other animals.
Symptoms of poisoning include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and cramps and can occur within five to thirty minutes after consuming contaminated sea food. Some forms can also involve the respiratory system. While most forms are not fatal, some forms can cause respiratory paralysis and death.
The public has been advised not to eat the area sea food until further notice.