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January 16, 2018

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  Action Alert | Algae Bloom Spreads over River


Have you been slimed? Contact with Blue- green algae can make you sick

When blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) forms “blooms” in lakes, ponds, or rivers, these organisms can release toxins which can make people and animals sick. These large mats of algae can form underwater rising to the surface overnight and they sometimes have a bad smell. These “blue-green algae also can be brown or red in color and can sometimes look like thick paint spilled in the water.

How to protect yourself from Blue-Green Algae
          • Avoid contact with large mats of a Blue Green Algae
          • Never allow your children or pets to play in or drink scummy water
          • Do not water-ski or jet ski over algae mats
          • If you accidentally come into contact with blue-green algae , wash thoroughly, paying special attention to swimsuit area and pet’s fur.


Swimming in water with toxin blue-green algae bloom can cause:
          • skin rash
          • runny nose
          • irritated eyes


Swallowing such water can cause:
          • vomiting or diarrhea
          • affect your liver
          • poison pets

Click HERE to see enlarged algae bloom photos.

For more information visit Florida Marine Research Institute at: www.floridamarine.org