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Manatee County Health Department issues Health Alert for four locations

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BRADENTON – The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County (DOH-Manatee) has issued health alerts for the presence of a red tide bloom near the following locations:

  • Bayfront Park
  • Coquina Beach South
  • Longboat Pass/Coquina Boat Ramp
  • Rod and Reel Pier (City of Anna Maria Island)

This is in response to water samples that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took on Nov. 7.

The public should take the following precautions in and around all of these locations:

  • Look for informational signage posted at most beaches.
  • Stay away from the water.
  • Do not swim in waters with dead fish.
  • Those with chronic respiratory problems should be especially cautious and stay away from these locations as red tide can affect your breathing.
  • Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish or distressed or dead fish from these locations. If caught live and healthy, finfish are safe to eat as long as they are filleted and the guts are discarded. Rinse fillets with tap or bottled water.
  • Wash your skin and clothing with soap and fresh water if you have had recent contact with red tide.
  • Keep pets and livestock away and out of the water, sea foam and dead sea life. If your pet swims in waters with red tide, wash your pet as soon as possible.
  • Residents living in beach areas are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner, making sure that the A/C filter is maintained according to manufacturer's specifications.
  • If outdoors near an affected location, residents may choose to wear masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.
More information about red tide can be found at the link below.