Danger on Florida coast: Algae releases containing “flesh-eating” bacteria

Florida’s coastline is facing a new threat – the release of algae containing the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, which can lead to severe inflammation and prove dangerous to people with weakened immune systems and chronic liver disease.

In addition, the algae cause a foul odor and can damage the ecosystem. Volunteers have already started cleaning the coast, using special gloves to avoid contact with dangerous algae.

However, the problem is not unique and recently there was an epidemic in the Red Sea that killed an entire species of sea urchins, stripping them of their flesh and turning them into skeletons.

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