TC PALM: Ohio State University study links toxic algae blooms, fatal liver disease

TC PALM: Written by Tyler Treadway. May 22, 2017.

People living in areas with significant blue-green algae blooms, including the Treasure Coast, are more likely to die from nonalcoholic liver disease than those who don't.

Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties make up a striking "cluster" with a high rate of both blooms and deaths, according to Ohio State University researchers. It's the only such cluster in Florida and one of 65 scientists found nationwide.

In fact, the death rate from liver disease not related to alcohol was nearly twice as high in the four counties as the national rate during the 12 years of the OSU study, according to data calculated for TCPalm by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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