Toxic algae blooms may be linked to fatal liver disease




From Residents who live near large blue-green algae blooms are at a higher risk to develop fatal nonalcoholic liver diseases than those who don’t, according to a study from Ohio State University.

Cyanobacteria blooms, such as the one last summer in Martin, Lee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties that prompted a state of emergency, contain the toxins microcystin, nodularin and anatoxin, which might cause deadly liver diseases, according to the findings. The scientists found 65 “clusters” across the country where a significant tie between cyanobacteria blooms and fatal liver diseases could be determined, the study also said.

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