FAU needs Cape Coral volunteers for study on harmful algal blooms’ impact on health

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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The City of Cape Coral is letting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers know they are against their planned water releases. The city is worried about future blue-green algae outbreaks in its canals like the one in 2018. (CREDIT: WINK News)

A Human Health study on the impact of harmful algae blooms is being performed in Cape Coral, and researchers from Florida Atlantic University are looking for volunteers.

The study is designed to fill an important gap in our understanding of the impact of the harmful algal blooms (HABS) on human health.

The study will take place on Feb. 22, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Feb. 23, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Each session will take 15-30 minutes and will be held in the Green Room at the City of Cape Coral’s Public Works Department, located at 815 Nicholas Parkway.

There is no cost to participate, and you will receive up to $25 in gift cards for participating in the study. Walk-ins are welcome, as there is no deadline to apply.

To participate you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to read and understand English.
  • If selected, you will be asked to participate in two data collection sessions: (1) when algae are not blooming and (2) during an algae bloom.

At each session, you will be asked to:

  • Complete a short survey.
  • Provide a nasal swab, urine, and blood sample to test for algal toxins.

Research is being conducted by scientists at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Study locations include Cape Coral, Stuart, and communities around Lake Okeechobee, including Clewiston and Indiantown.

You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.

For more information, you can call or text 561-297-4631 or email NurHAB@health.fau.edu.

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