250699 Red Tide Research in Paradise

Monday, October 31, 2011: 7:26 PM

Julie Hollenbeck, MA , OHHC / NIOSH Occupational Research Group, University of Miami, Key Biscayne, FL
Reinaldo Trujillo Jr. , Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Key Biscayne, FL
Kate Nierenberg, MS , Mote Marine Laboratory, Environmental Health Program, Sarasota, FL
Barbara Kirkpatrick, EdD, RRT , Mote Marine Laboratory, Environmental Health Program, Sarasota, FL
Lora E. Fleming, MD, PhD , European Centre for Environment and Human Health (PCMD) and Univesity of Miami OHH Center and NIOSH Research Group, Miami, FL
For years red tide has plagued the West coast of Florida. Researchers and physicians in the region heard anecdotal reports of coastal residents and tourists suffering from respiratory illnesses believed to be the result of exposure to the toxin, even though sufferers were not directly exposed to red tide through fish and shellfish consumption or recreational activities. To investigate the reports, scientists, epidemiologists, public health professionals and other experts from around the country, converged in Sarasota to study the red tide toxin that gets into the air, and into the lungs of unsuspecting beachgoers and coastal residents. This film documents the first study off its kind to look at the human health effects of airborne toxin exposure from the Florida red tide, and follows Sarasota resident Julie Odenweller, as she volunteers to participate in the annual study, as she has done for the last five years. The film sheds light on the impact of red tide on the most vulnerable populations, especially coastal residents and beach-going tourists with respiratory diseases like asthma.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the human health symptoms of exposure to aerosolized red tide toxin Describe "bubble mediated transport" Explain the steps of the red tide epidemiological field study

Keywords: Environmental Exposures, Epidemiology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Program and Outreach Manager for OHHC and NIOSH Research Group.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.