Health Concerns and Wildlife Impacts

Health Concerns

Florida Department of Health issues health advisories when algal bloom conditions present a potential risk to human health.

DOH takes the lead in determining if an algal bloom presents a risk to human health. DOH issues health advisories as they determine to be appropriate and may also post warning signs when blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the potential risk of human exposure. These actions are typically directed out of local county health departments, most often in consultation with staff from staff from DOH’s Public Health Toxicology Section. DOH also follows up on reports of pets that may have been exposed to a bloom, since these events may predict potential human health threats.

Wildlife Impacts

The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) maintains this hotline through a federally funded project to survey fish-related diseases and mortalities.

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