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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
  • Take care of yourself, your family, and your pets around the water by learning about harmful algal blooms.
  • Some algae are dangerous; some are not. Learn about harmful algal blooms so you can protect your pets and loved ones.
  • #DYK harmful algae can grow in fresh and salt water? Stay safe in the water by learning the facts about algae.
Recreational Water
  • Don’t let harmful algae ruin your summer plans. Learn how to help spot and avoid harmful algal blooms.
  • Planning to boat or practice water sports this summer? Learn about harmful algal blooms before heading to the water.
  • Headed to the lake or beach? Learn tips to help you spot #HarmfulAlgalBlooms before swimming.
  • Some types of algae can hurt people and pets. Learn how to protect yourself, family, and pets.
  • Swimming in water with #HarmfulAlgalBlooms can cause illness. Learn more before you jump in.
HABs and Pets
  • Keep your dog safe from #HarmfulAlgalBlooms. Learn what to look for before you let your pet near the water.
  • Going to the beach with your pet is a great way to enjoy the summer, but harmful algae can stop the fun in its tracks.
  • Help keep your dog healthy and happy by learning how to keep it away from harmful algae.
  • If your pets get in water that smells bad or looks discolored, there might be harmful algae present. Wash them off with tap water as soon as they get out.
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
  • Algae in the water can be more than just an eyesore. It can make you, your family, and your pet sick. Learn more.
  • Toxic algae can make animals really sick. Learn how to protect your pets.
  • If you or a family member gets sick after contact with algae, consult a healthcare provider for advice about how to relieve your symptoms.
  • If your pet gets sick after contact with algae, call your vet immediately.
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.