State health officials are funding a study to explore the relationship between human health and algae bloom toxins.
"These diseases, include liver diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. We will specifically look for hotspots for those diseases," said Yi Guo, assistant professor at UF's Department of Health Outcomes.
He said this project is just the beginning.
"In the future, we will apply for larger grants that deal with the actual risk factors from Florida for public health planning purposes," said Guo.
He said this initial study just got underway on Monday and will last about half a year.