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Overview of aerosolized Florida red tide toxins: Exposures and effects

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Daniel G Baden, Director (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
Web Site: http://library.uncw.edu/

Abstract: Florida red tide is caused by Karenia brevis, a dinoflagellate that periodically blooms, releasing its potent neurotoxin, brevetoxin, into the surrounding waters and air along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Exposure to Florida red tide toxins has been associated with adverse human health effects and massive fish and marine mammal deaths. The articles in this mini-monograph describe the ongoing interdisciplinary and interagency research program that characterizes the exposures and health effects of aerosolized Florida red tide toxins (brevetoxins). The interdisciplinary research program uses animal models and laboratory studies to develop hypotheses and apply these findings to in situ human exposures. Our ultimate goal is to develop appropriate prevention measures and medical interventions to mitigate or prevent adverse health effects from exposure to complex mixtures of aerosolized red tide toxins. Key words: brevetoxins, harmful algal blooms (HABs), Karenia brevis, red tides, sensitive populations. Environ Health Perspect 113:618–620 (2005). doi:10.1289/ehp.7501 available via http://dx.doi.org/ [Online 10 February 2005]

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Publication
Fleming, L. E., Backer, L. C., & Baden, D. G. (2005). Overview of aerosolized Florida red tide toxins: Exposures and effects. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(5), 618-620. doi:10.1289/ehp.7501. [Reproduced with permission from Environmental Health Perspectives.]
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Algal blooms--Florida, Marine toxins, Neurotoxic agents--Florida, Red tide--Florida
Subjects
Marine toxins
Red tide--Florida
Algal blooms--Florida
Neurotoxic agents--Florida