One Health: Harmful Algal Blooms
Dr. Jared Romero
Harmful algal blooms are becoming an increasingly important topic within One Health. Algal blooms can be harmful not only to humans but to animals and the environment. As climate change increases, algal blooms are becoming increasingly widespread. HABs are characterized by cyanobacteria or blue-green algae and are present in freshwater and saltwater habitats however, the effects from these can vary. HABs contaminate their habitat and can be harmful and even toxic to the species living in the environment. If the species living in an environment with HAB is infected, it can then pass the contaminants to humans. HABs not only cause sickness and toxicity but have also been associated with liver damage, alzheimer’s, and dementia. This is why we must use the One Health Initiative to address this issue. One Health is an interdisciplinary approach that shares a common goal between animals, people, and the environment. By using the one health approach we can better manage the health of all affected by harmful algal blooms.
Hopkins, Katelyn and Romero, Jared, "One Health: Harmful Algal Blooms" (2020). 2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase. 82.