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CDC to conduct algae bloom impact on human health study in Cape Coral

By Staff | Sep 15, 2023

A study on the long-term impact of harmful algal blooms will be conducted in Cape Coral, and researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and the Florida Atlantic University are looking for volunteers.

Due to the recent harmful algae blooms this summer, the study team is increasing collection efforts this fall. Sessions will be held at the city of Cape Coral’s Public Works Department, 815 Nicholas Parkway, on the following dates:

• Sept. 20

• Sept. 27-28

• Oct. 11-12

• Oct. 18-19

• Oct. 25-26

• Nov. 2

The study will last approximately 16 weeks. Those wishing to participate must complete a screening survey. Study requirements and activities include completion of a screening/baseline survey, a signed release form and five appointments with study staff during the four month period. Blood, urine and other samples, including nasal swabs, will be collected and participants will be asked to wear a personal air sampler and record time spent outdoors. Anglers will be asked to provide a fish if they catch anything on a study day. Participants also will agree to the placement of air samplers (one for aerosols, one for gases and vapors near their home or work site.

There is no cost to be in this study but participants will receive “tokens of appreciation” for the data they provide.

“We will give you the clinical results from the study, which include lung function test results, levels of creatinine and liver enzymes in your blood. Because this is a research study and we cannot be certain what the results mean, we will not give you the results of the analysis of HAB toxins in your urine,” a release detailing the program states.

For more information about this study, contact Dr. Lorraine Backer at lfb9@cdc.gov and leave a message with your name, phone number with area code, and best times to call you.