understand the phenomenon that poisoned 278 people in PE

understand the phenomenon that poisoned 278 people in PE
understand the phenomenon that poisoned 278 people in PE
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Health authorities identified that the 278 suspected cases of poisoning in Pernambuco are possibly related to red tide, a phenomenon caused by the excessive growth of algae that release toxins or not.

This harmful algal bloom is caused by factors such as rising sea temperatures, changes in water salinity and excess nutrients.

In addition to other factors, the high organic load in domestic effluents can also contribute to the birth and residence time of these algal “forests”, with durations varying between 12h and 48h.

Among the main symptoms of anyone in contact with toxins are nausea, diarrhea, irritation, dry eyes and shortness of breath.

In the case that occurred on the south coast of Pernambuco, around 200 fishermen showed symptoms of poisoning. Popularly known as “tingui” or “tamandaré fever” in the region, the phenomenon was stronger this year than in previous years, reported the sick.

Technical visit against red tide

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On Thursday (1st), the Pernambuco Health Surveillance Agency (Apevisa) and the General Directorate of Environmental Surveillance and Occupational Health and the 3rd Regional Health Management (III Geres) were in the municipality.

Technicians from the State Department of Health and the municipality carried out the survey and analysis of the care records of patients who sought the local hospital, from January 26th to 30th.

According to SES-PE, due to the current moment in the blooming cycle of these algae, the tendency is for there to be a decrease in cases related to the phenomenon. “However, constant monitoring by environmental agencies is important, as new episodes may occur during the summer,” he said.

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