CDC Launches New Site to Track Algal Blooms
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new site to track algal blooms. “The One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS) will collect data on harmful algal blooms and associated human and animal illness. CDC encourages state and territorial public health agencies to use this voluntary system to report harmful algal blooms and associated illness. The new website provides information on how to recognize these blooms and what people can do to protect themselves, their families, and their pets.” Note that it’s a voluntary system, and until it becomes more widely used won’t be anywhere near complete.