Toxic Algae Breakout- All of Mississippi’s Beaches Have Closed
All of Mississippi’s 21 beaches remained closed on Sunday due to dangerous levels of algae. From the air a green-blue coating can be seen over the Gulf Coast. It’s ‘a dangerous toxic level of algae that is present all along the Gulf Coast health officials have warned. It was a massive decision that had to be definitive in order to close the beaches during July.
The closures have estimated to be in the millions and millions of lost revenue. The condition of the toxic algae present in Mississippi is called ‘HAB.’ An official with ‘The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality explained the situation to a throng of reporters. According to the official ‘HAB’ happens when a group of algae congregates in close range.
Simple ordinarily safe sea life that lives in the sea and in fresh water grows out of control. Once it does this, it’s becomes extremely harmful to humans and wildlife.
Toxic Algae Can Produce Rashes, Stomach Cramps, Nausea, Diarrhea And Other Dangerous Illnesses
The MDEQ, warned that the effects of the ‘HAB’ in the water can produce, rashes, nausea, diarrhea. With people that have other health issues, being exposed to ‘HAB’ can also be fatal. The sand portion of the beaches remain open, but swimming in the water is prohibited.
Agency officials suggested that although the sandy areas were open, people with small children should avoid the beaches. The health officials are stressing that any contact with any amount of water from the sea ‘is extremely dangerous.’
Some experts are suggesting that the ‘HAB’ has been caused in part because of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in Louisiana. The spillway was opened and caused an excessive amount of freshwater into the coastline. The experts claim that the mixture caused an imbalance in the sea life.
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) Says It’s Possible That Spillway Being Opened Caused HAB
The CDC in Atlanta said it’s possible that the Spillway being opened is responsible for the toxic levels of Algae. They say that HAB aren’t rare, they are present in every US coast city and state. The issue they say is not merely the presence of HAB. It’s the regularity and intensity that the ‘HAB’ outbreaks are occurring.
The CDC along with other agencies are blaming the increasing ‘HAB’ outbreaks on ‘Global Warming.’ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA says that ‘HAB’ is ‘detrimental to the health of humans and marine life. The financial devastation of these outbreaks can be astronomical if remedies are not in place quickly says the NOAA.
Early reports indicate that tourism is down in Mississippi 20 percent this year compared to last year. The CDC added that the ‘HAB’ can be caused by increases in nutrient levels from fertilizer run offs. The CDC has put out an advisory regrading possible exposure to ‘HAB’. They say to call a local poison control center, and seek medical treatment immediately.