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Ruby Slippers

Ruby Slippers

Ahhhhhs….Oz….get it? Well, they get it in Kansas, where the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) does a really excellent job of posting advisories so that the public will know which lakes are affected by harmful algal blooms (HABs). Manhattan, Kansas was thus a fitting setting this past June for a gathering of HAB researchers led by Dr. Wilson Rumbeiha of Iowa State, and hosted by Kansas State University’s Dr. Deon van der Merwe. Deon works closely with KDHE to educate the public regarding HABs, and showed some of the most startling data I have ever seen, regarding the intensity of previous HABs in Kansas. The KDHE guide for veterinarians is another impressive resource that has been developed, in response to an issue I blogged about previously, livestock and pet deaths. I was reminded of this again just this past week, reading about a dog death in Clear Lake, CA.

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