Feds to study Florida residents made sick by algae-laced water

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Feds to study Florida residents made sick by algae-laced water

 ST. PETE BEACH, FL — Federal health officials expect to begin studies to find Florida residents who suffered long-term illness from drinking tap water laced with very small amounts of cancer-causing algae toxins.  The Orlando Sentinel reported a proposed project would focus on areas where residents most likely could be exposed to algae toxins.

A study tested for algae and their toxins at 15 of 20 water treatment plants that use surface water to serve more than 2 million people — results said that although rigorous cleanup methods could remove algae from water, it often could not clean up toxins the algae released, according to a report by the Florida Harmful Algae Bloom Task Force, the article reported.

Two plants tested higher than the World Health Organization's safe level for microcystin, a tumorpromoting toxin that has killed dozens of dialysis patients in Brazil.  Other facilities released toxins created by Cylindrospermopsis — another type of algae that creates liver-damaging poison.  Biologists say they want to look for illnesses to be certain whether Florida's variety of these toxins have their own dangerous afect on people here, the Sentinel said.

The article reported, most of Florida's water comes from ground water, which is unlikely to have lots of toxic algae.  As the state's population continues to grow, more areas may depend on lakes and rivers — many that are loaded with algae — to supply at least part of increased demands.  According to the article, there is no set time to begin this study.


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Edited from Tech Bank 10/23/02