The neurological effects of Florida Red Tide (FRT) blooms [poster]
Diaz, Roberto E.
Ullmann, Steven G.
Beet, Andrew R.
Fleming, Lora E.
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Karenia brevis is a marine dinoflagellate responsible for Florida red tide (FRT) blooms off the west coast of Florida. K. brevis contains brevetoxins, a neurotoxin that is absorbed by shellfish as well as released into the air. Brevetoxins are known to cause disruptions in normal neurological functions and are associated with neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP). Previous research has emphasized the effect of FRT blooms on human health, from gastrointestinal to respiratory illnesses. However, there has been little research examining the effect of FRT blooms on neurological illnesses. There is research highlighting the biochemical effects of brevetoxins on mammalian nervous systems, so these symptoms can be matched to hospital codes that describe a hospital patient’s affliction. With these hospitalization codes, it is possible to study the relationship between FRT blooms and the occurrence of neurological illnesses in affected counties. The hospital data consists of inpatient data from 1988-2010 and emergency room data from 2005-2010. We will also use data containing K. brevis cells per liter as a measure of red tide occurrences.
Presented at the Eighth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S. November 15 - 19, 2015, Long Beach, California
Suggested CitationPresentation: Diaz, Roberto E., Moore, Tamecia, Ullmann, Steven G., Hoagland, Porter, Beet, Andrew R., Jin, Di, Kirkpatrick, Barbara, Kirkpatrick, Gary, Fleming, Lora E., Hitchcock, Gary, "The neurological effects of Florida Red Tide (FRT) blooms [poster]", Presented at the Eighth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the U.S. November 15 - 19, 2015, Long Beach, California, https://hdl.handle.net/1912/8622
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