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Health concerns over blue-green algae bloom in the Caloosahatchee River

DAVIS BOAT RAMP, Fla. –The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is cautioning the public of blue-green algae blooms in the Caloosahatchee River.



Recent sampling by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows that Microcystis aeruginosa is present at Davis Boat Ramp.


According to an article in the National Library of Medicine, Microcystis aeruginosa is one of the most harmful bacteria. MCs are potent hepatotoxins and tumor promoters that utilize an active carrier mechanism in the liver, considered one of the most dangerous toxins groups worldwide and the leading cause of human fatalities.


FDOH in Lee County says that bloom conditions can change at any time. It is essential to exercise caution as if the bloom were toxic, even if the toxin presence has not yet been confirmed.


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