Red tide health alerts issued for Bonita Springs and Captiva beaches

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Lee County health officials are notifying bathers that two red tide blooms have been reported on Bonita Springs and Captiva beaches.

The Florida Department of Health in Lee issued alerts for Bonita Beach Park and South Seas Plantation Beach around 5 p.m. Friday.

“Some people may have mild, short-lived respiratory symptoms such as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat similar to cold symptoms,” the alerts say. “Some people with respiratory problems such as asthma can more severe symptoms. “

The red tide is caused by the natural organism Karenia brevis. Symptoms of exposure to the red tide are expected to subside after a person leaves the area or walks in, according to the alerts.

“If the symptoms do not go away, please contact your health care provider for evaluation,” a news the version recommends.

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