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Created On: 03/16/2017 02:07 PM
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 03/16/2017 02:07 PM
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Cole

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I was working on the Kissimmee River and became disoriented, shaky and slightly nauseous. The issues cleared - for the most part - when I got into the car with the ac on.

I searched the net, but the symptoms of classic blue/green exposure don't really fit the bill. Has anyone ever had a first hand interaction with algae (Red Tide excluded)?

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 03/17/2017 06:03 AM
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rstar

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I used to do wetlands mitigation work and I've been in lots of foul water. My first question for you would be- if you were in the water, were there elephant ears around?  Usually elephant ears cause itching, increased heart rate, shaking, etc.

 



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 03/17/2017 06:19 AM
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tom

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Pfiesteria?

I have no personal experience, just read the book.  And there was that one night in the Holiday Inn...

If it was pfiesteria, it would probably be new for the Kissimmee and worth knowing.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfiesteria_piscicida

https://www.whoi.edu/science/B/redtide/notedevents/FLApfiesteria/Jacksonville/FLApfiesteria1.html

 

edit:  should add that I've worked in and around blooms like Microcystis but have never experience any symptoms



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 03/17/2017 07:14 AM
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stokedpanda

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Check for ticks!? I have never experienced algae other than the red tide....

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 03/17/2017 04:51 PM
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Cole

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Thanks Tom, that sounds pretty spot on.

I have notified a manager at the SFWMD.

Panda, I do the tick check on a regular basis and I'm free.

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 03/20/2017 05:46 AM
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tom

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Hope you are well and not having further symptoms.

There's a good book, true story, on the subject if you're interested:

https://www.amazon.com/Waters-Turned-Blood-Rodney-Barker/dp/0684838451

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