CDC asks Floridians for comments on blue-green algae, air quality

Reporter: Stephanie Byrne
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Fertilizer runoff can contribute to blue-green algae. (WINK News photo)
FILE- Fertilizer runoff can contribute to blue-green algae. (WINK News photo)

Lots of questions still surround what caused all the blue-green algae in our water last year. There are so many questions that the federal government is asking you for ideas and taking part in its health study.

Around 160 comments later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked for feedback on air quality and blue-green algae. Scroll through them and you will get a good glimpse of the fears of Floridians and concerns from coast-to-coast.

One Fort Myers woman, like many who commented, worried most about health impacts.

“That’s why I’ve now got an air purifier over there and I’ve got one over there that I rotate around the house,” she said.

Now, the CDC prepares to study how aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms affect the health of people as those on the front lines anxiously await the outcome.

“It means that the CDC needs to step up their game and pay attention to the people that live here and see what’s going on,” the woman said.

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