Water Sanitation Health

Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in drinking-water

Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae grow in eutrophic (nutrient-rich) freshwaters. Some strains of cyanobacteria produce one or more of a range of toxins that can be dangerous to humans and wildlife. Human health concern relates primarily to drinking-water and to recreational water exposure. Some cyanobacteria produce floating "scums" that concentrate cells and any toxins present.

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