Waters of southeast Florida covered in fluorescent green slime of toxic algae
Massive outbreak of toxic algae is reported at Florida’s southeastern coast. St. Lucie River, its estuary, and the Indian River Lagoon are slimed with fluorescent green toxic algae that grow on excess sewage, manure, and fertilizer runoff released locally and from Lake Okeechobee. Health officials warned people not to touch the water or risk infection.
Exposure to algae toxins (when people drink the water, touch it, or inhale vapors from it) can cause rashes, skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal upset, liver damage, serious illness, and even death.