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Chemical spill had 'no impact on health': Costa Rica

A Costa Rican coast guard boat monitors the beach in Puntaren on May 3, 2015San José (AFP) – Costa Rica said Monday there was no health impact from a shipwreck that spilled ammonium nitrate off its coast, but maintained a fishing ban even as it reopened beaches. Authorities declared a red alert for the beaches around Puntarenas, a Pacific port popular with cruise liners, after the ship sank in rough seas Saturday while carrying 180 tons of the chemical, which is used in fertilizer and explosives, and can cause vomiting and seizures. “There has been no impact on people’s health,” she told local radio station Monumental. No hospitals have reported patients admitted for ammonium nitrate poisoning, she said.

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