Red Tide Bothers Beachgoers in the Pensacola Area

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Red tide is bothering beachgoers in the Pensacola area.

The Escambia County Health Department has issued a health advisory, warning of the red-tide bloom covering the area from Pensacola Beach to Navarre Beach.

Dead fish are washing up on shore at Pensacola Beach. Santa Rosa Island Authority workers are getting ride of them.

Red tide is caused by a bloom of a single-celled alga (called Karenia brevis) which contains a powerful toxin that kills fish and other marine life. It can affect respiratory systems and can cause eye, nose and throat irritation.

The last significant local red-tide bloom was in 2005.

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