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Cyanobacteria, aka toxic algae, at the Stick Marsh

  • The cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, contained 0.18 parts per billion of the toxin cylindrospermopsin on May 23
  • At high concentrations — in the 15 parts per billion range —the toxin can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea and liver and kidney damage
  • The public is urged to avoid making contact with the water

People should avoid contact with northern Stick Marsh’s water because it contains potentially harmful toxic algae, state health officials warned Friday. 

The cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, contained 0.18 parts per billion of the toxin cylindrospermopsin on May 23, according the latest Department of Environmental Protection data. 

At high concentrations — in the 15 parts per billion range — the toxin can cause an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea and damage to the liver and kidneys, according to Charles Vogt, an environmental specialist at the Florida Department of Health office in Indian River County.

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Below: Here’s the area where the blue-green algae toxin was detected, according to the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County



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