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How to stay safe around red tide
The Center of Disease Control also released a statement about red tide, warning that brevetoxins can become concentrated in the tissues of shellfish that feed on the algae. People who then eat this shellfish may experience neurotoxic shellfish poisoning, a food poisoning that can be associated with severe stomach problems as well as tingling in fingers and toes.
Pets may experience similar health problems if exposed to red tide. The Florida Wildlife Commission, of course, recommends that both people and pets avoid swimming in red tide.
Experts also say that beachgoers should wear shoes to prevent being cut by fish bones. People should also avoid coming into contact with dying or dead marine life as the toxin is already present in their bodies. If swimmers do get caught in red tide, they should make sure to rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Rinse off pets who are exposed to red tide waters as well. Avoid swimming near dead fish or animals, as this is an indication that there is an increased amount of toxin in the area. The Florida Department of Health also recommends wearing a particle filter mask to lessen the effects of red tide toxins in the air.
For coughing, sneezing and watery eyes caused by red tide toxin, using antihistamines may help. Although the effects of the red tide toxins are known to be temporary, if symptoms do not go away or continue to worsen, people should go to the nearest hospital. The bottom line, according to the Environmental Protection Agency: Keep people and pets away from water that is green, scummy or smells bad. State of emergency declared in Florida amid toxic red tide outbreak on Gulf coast.
Toxic red tide blooms are creeping up Florida's west coast, killing marine life and irritating humans.
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