AVMA offers resource on harmful algal blooms

Published: 10 Mar 2022


A new online AVMA resource on harmful algal blooms helps veterinarians diagnose and treat HAB toxicosis and offers tips on preventing animal exposure to these environmental dangers.

Harmful algal blooms are a rapid growth of algae or cyanobacteria that appear like foam, paint, or scum on the surface of water. These blooms can be of various colors and occur in both freshwater and saltwater. Harmful blooms produce toxins harmful to people and animals who come into contact with tainted water.

The AVMA webpage covers the various kinds of HABs and the diseases they cause. The page also includes reporting procedures to state and federal agencies.

A dead fish floating in an algal bloom