The Government of Pernambuco, through the State Environment Agency (CPRH), investigates cases of poisoning caused by the “Red Tide”, which occurs when there is an increase in the amount of microalgae in the sea. At Maracaípe beach, in Ipojuca, three bathers were hospitalized after coming into contact with algae.
CPRH Laboratory Manager, Andrea Xavier, explains that the phenomenon can be influenced by several factors, such as increased water temperature and the availability of nutrients. The expert also said that in most cases algae are not toxic, but depending on the species, poisoning can occur. However, the CPRH assessment “did not identify any stain indicating the occurrence”. But Andrea stressed that it is something temporary and the teams will continue to monitor the case.
Event promoter Paloma Brasil, in an interview with TV Globo, reported that, last Sunday, she participated in a get-together on the beach, with around 30 people, and they all presented the same symptoms, which include headache, nausea and diarrhea. .
The Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) and the city of Ipojuca reported that the case is being monitored, but the recommendation is not to approach the sectored stretches of the beach and especially to avoid swimming in the sea.