Red tide alerts issued for most of Lee County’s coastline
LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Red tide blooms were reported along a majority of Lee County’s coastline Friday afternoon.
The Florida Department of Health is Lee County said the red tide blooms were reported near Tarpon Bay Road Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lover’s Key State Park, and Bonita Springs Beach Park. Multiple health alerts have been issued for those areas.
People may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms, according to local health officials. Some with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms.
Health officials said they recommend that people experiencing these symptoms stay away from the beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space.
Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting of illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-800-222-1222.
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