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Pinellas DOH alerts public of red tide bloom along Pinellas coastal beaches

PINELLAS COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is alerting the public of a red tide bloom along Pinellas coastal beaches.

The DOH-Pinellas said some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms.

Usually, symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors.

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Health officials are recommending that people who are experiencing those symptoms to stay away from beach areas and go into an air-conditioned space.