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The Algae That Devastated Florida’s Coasts Also Contained 28 Kinds Of Bacteria, Study Finds

Blue-green algae along the shore of Martin County. Blue-green algae blooms on Florida’s Treasure Coast last summer had a devastating impact on the region’s tourism, fishing and wildlife.

Blue-green algae blooms that devastated Florida’s coasts last summer contained as many as 28 types of bacteria, some of which can harm humans.

That’s according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, who tested water taken from Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Estuary last June and July.

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