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Health Concerns and Wildlife Impacts

Health Concerns

Florida Department of Health issues health advisories when toxin levels present a 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 it determines to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher and may also post warning signs when blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the 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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responds to reported fish kills and collects algae samples at nearshore sites.

  • To report a fish kill, contact the Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.
  • To report any other wildlife injuries, call FWC’s Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-3922.
Last Modified:
February 20, 2018 - 10:04am

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