Social Media Library

The messages below are intended for state and local health departments, organizations, public health and medical professionals, and the public to use with social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. Each message is 280 characters or less, per Twitter requirements. These messages may be used as written or customized to address local or other specific needs.


  • Algal blooms can produce toxins that hurt people, animals, and the environment. Learn what harmful algal blooms are and how to avoid them.
  • When in doubt, stay out! You can’t tell for sure if an algal bloom is harmful just by looking at it,but you can help protect yourself and your pets by not swimming or playing in bodies of water that smell bad or look discolored.


General Awareness
Recreational Water
HABs and Pets
HABs in Your State
  • If you think you may have seen a harmful algal bloom in your area, report it! Contact [insert local/state information].
  • If you or someone you love has been exposed to a harmful algal bloom, consult a healthcare provider and contact [insert local/state information].
  • Call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 or contact your veterinarian if your pet comes into contact with a harmful algal bloom.
  • Don’t let harmful algae ruin your summer fun. Learn how to stay healthy and safe in our [lakes, ocean, or body of water].
  • Find information about harmful algal blooms in [insert state] here: [insert state HABs page].
HAB-Associated Illnesses
HAB Surveillance
  • Some algal blooms can harm people, animals, and the environment. Find out how [insert local/state name] is tracking this problem.
  • [Insert local/state name] is using the One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System to better understand harmful algal blooms in our state.
Page last reviewed: June 12, 2018