Red Tide Confirmed off Brevard County

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission confirmed this week that red tide has arrived along the space coast.

The toxic tide, the result of an algae bloom, was reported in high concentrations along Satellite Beach and Pelican Beach Park.

Officials said that red tide had been found in low levels in other areas of the Brevard County coast, and they noted that they continue to test suspect areas.

The red tide has killed massive numbers of fish and other marine life from the state's southern Gulf coast all the way around the peninsula and into the Atlantic coast.

Officials note that the red tide is also causing some respiratory issues in people, ranging from eye, nose and throat irritation to coughing and other symptoms.

Authorities say that the symptoms are not serious for most people, but those with chronic respiratory conditions, such as COPD, are advised to stay away from beaches where red tide is present.

At this point, it is not known how pervasive the red tide will become along Brevard County's beaches, or how long it will persist.

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