CDC to dedicate funding for responding to algal blooms after Rubio, Nelson proposal passes

Aug 25, 2018 \\ Ali Schmitz, Treasure Coast Palm
The Centers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will dedicate $1 million in additional funding for responding to harmful algal blooms.
 
The proposal, from U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, passed the Senate Thursday night as part of a government spending package.
 
A special priority would be given to any locations that are subject to a state of emergency designation within the previous 12 months because of blooms.
 
That includes 13 Florida counties affected by algal blooms this summer.
 
A spokeswoman for Rubio, Olivia Perez-Cubas, said the funding could be used for:
 
Documenting and tracking illnesses and hospital stays related to algae exposure.
Public health education campaigns.
Any expenses that would help CDC officials and scientists on the ground to respond to particularly bad episodes of illnesses.
Building CDC programs for reporting blooms.
“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I applaud the full Senate’s approval of these crucial provisions that I championed on behalf of Florida. With the harmful algal blooms impacting both coasts of Florida, my amendment provides funding for additional assistance to identify health impacts from the toxins,” Rubio said.
 
The senators have backed multiple efforts for more CDC research into the blooms.
 
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