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    A Man Cleaning His Fish Tank Released A Deadly Toxin, Sending 10 People To The Hospital

    April 10th, 2018 by Our Webmaster

    By Theresa Tamkins

    When a man in the UK was cleaning his fish tank, he accidentally releasing a dangerous toxin.

    Soft corals used in saltwater aquariums can be contaminated with dangerous palytoxin. Here’s how to handle them so you don’t get sick.

    When a man in the UK was cleaning his fish tank, he accidentally releasing a dangerous toxin.

    A sea coral, Zoanthus species.

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    Chris Matthews was cleaning a fish tank at his Steventon, England, home when he removed coral from the surface of a rock. The next day he had flu symptoms, as did his entire family — and their two dogs.

    Matthews, who knew that some corals used in aquariums could be hazardous, suspected that it might be the reason they were all feeling ill, so he called for help. About 50 emergency personnel, including a hazardous materials team, arrived at his home, according to the BBC.

    A total of 10 people were hospitalized including Matthews, his family members, and four firefighters.

    Matthews said he was unaware of how easily the toxins could be released and that cleaning the rock in the air, rather than under water, was potentially a problem. “We did not know that doing it out of the water would release it out into the air,” he told …read more

    Via:: Health Topics by BuzzFeed

          

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