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Cyanotoxin factsheet from the EPA. PDF Print
EPA. This fact sheet provides public water suppliers basic information on human health effects, analytical screening tools, and the effectiveness of various treatment processes to remove or inactivate the three most important cyanotoxins that can occur in the waters of almost every part of the US and are listed on the third Candidate Contaminant List (CCL): microcystin-LR, anatoxin-a, and cylindrospermopsin.

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Caruaru 1996 microcystin tragedy revisited (NEPHROL thread 2). PDF Print
NEPHROL: Here is a better link to an old thread on NEPHROL discussing this issue.

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Caruaru 1996 microcystin tragedy revisited.. PDF Print
NEPHROL: Found this link of a discussion on NEPHROL regarding the issue of microcystins causing severe hepatic failure in dialysis patients. Some of this information may be relevant to certain areas of Ohio and Michigan given the recent outbreak.

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Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in Lake Erie shut down Toledo drinkable water supply. PDF Print
Toledo Blade: Most of northwest Ohio, including much of Lucas County, Perrysburg, Bedford Township, and Rossford among others, were under a do not drink or boil advisory after the Collins Park water-treatment plant in East Toledo produced two toxin sample readings. Chemists testing water at Collins Park plant found two sample readings for microcystin that exceeded the recommended “do not drink” standard of one microgram per liter standard.

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Carbapenem-resistant enterobacter becoming more prevalent. PDF Print
Smithsonian: The carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, can defeat even last-resort antibiotics and have been dubbed "nightmare bacteria" by the CDC. The study's authors say they are "trying to sound the alarm," and experts say the findings are especially worrying because it appears some of the cases were not connected to a hospital setting, the Smithsonian reports.

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