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Toxic Algae Concerns Cause City of Cape Coral to Issue Warning

Toxic algae. How “toxic” is it?

The City of Cape Coral issued a blue-green algae advisory on Wednesday, advising residents not to swim or eat fish from a canal. Senator Bill Nelson made a stop in Fort Myers Thursday to hold a meeting on the algae problem.

An outbreak of algae has been reported in the Caloosahatchee River and it’s forcing people to stay away from the water in some areas.

What is blue-green algae? It’s a class of algae that can bloom and become toxic. And yes, you should be concerned.

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“The toxins in this kind of algae are a central nervous system toxin, a liver toxin, and there’s an amino acid in this algae that’s being researched for its association with Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinson’s,” Rae Ann Wessel said.

She also explained the test results that came back from the water were about 190 times the recreational exposure limit the Environmental Protection Agency recommends.

Currently, there is no point of contact for blue-green algae. No agency is charge of monitoring. There is no defined process of letting people know about it.

It’s a facility-by-facility, city-by-city, county-by-county, beach-by-beach basis.

We spoke to Florida Poison Control and they told us to call their hotline if you have any issues in the water.

Be safe!

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