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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session D7

Harmful Algae Blooms and Public Health: Research and Response

Description of Session

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and their natural toxins are found in all aquatic environments. HABs and HAB-related toxins can induce acute and chronic illnesses in people and animals through contaminated food, air, and water via ingestion, inhalation, and dermal exposures. Over the past decade, the CDC, in cooperation with several State Health Agencies, has supported research to address the public health impacts of HABs and created surveillance systems for illnesses associated with exposure to HABs and HAB toxins. Topics within HABs and Public Health include: monitoring the physical parameters of the HAB blooms; preventing poisonings from toxins in seafood; predicting and responding to HAB blooms; and assessing the public health effects from coastal harmful algal blooms (HABs) and on human and animal communities.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Lorraine Backer, PhD, MPH

Presenter 1: Andy Reich, MPH

Title of Presentation: A Florida Perspective: Public Health Decision-Making

Presenter 2: Barbara Kirkpatrick, RRT

Title of Presentation: Ocean Observing Systems and HABs—Early Warning Systems for Management and Public Health

Presenter 3: Lora Fleming, MD, PhD

Title of Presentation: HAB Research at the Centers for Excellence for Oceans and Human Health

Presenter 3: Libby Jewett, PhD, MPP