Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxins

Birgit Puschner, Jean François Humbert

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Abstract

Cyanobacterial proliferations in freshwater ecosystems, also known as blooms, can have a significant impact on the health of animals and humans living in or using these systems for drinking water and/or recreational purposes. However, the health risks for wild and domestic terrestrial vertebrates resulting from the exposure to cyanotoxins in water are still largely ignored, despite an increasing number of reports of poisoning in the veterinary literature. Worldwide, the frequency and intensity of harmful cyanobacterial bloom appear to increase in relation with the degradation of the water quality (eutrophication) in numerous freshwater ecosystems. Some of the recently developed methods are useful in analyzing biological specimens to confirm a diagnosis of poisoning, but this is not routinely available or pursued in suspect cases. The lack of methods to confirm exposure is most likely responsible for the low number of reported cases in the veterinary literature over the past 20-30 years. The new analytical methods provide insights into the true frequency of cyanotoxin poisoning in animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVeterinary Toxicology
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Pages714-724
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780123704672
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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Poisoning
cyanobacterial toxins
poisoning
Cyanobacteria
toxins
Fresh Water
Ecosystem
Eutrophication
animal and human health
Water Quality
Health
Drinking Water
eutrophication
drinking water
analytical methods
Vertebrates
water quality
vertebrates
degradation
Water

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Puschner, B., & Humbert, J. F. (2007). Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxins. In Veterinary Toxicology (pp. 714-724). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012370467-2/50156-5

Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxins. / Puschner, Birgit; Humbert, Jean François.

Veterinary Toxicology. Elsevier Ltd, 2007. p. 714-724.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Puschner, B & Humbert, JF 2007, Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxins. in Veterinary Toxicology. Elsevier Ltd, pp. 714-724. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012370467-2/50156-5
Puschner B, Humbert JF. Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxins. In Veterinary Toxicology. Elsevier Ltd. 2007. p. 714-724 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012370467-2/50156-5
Puschner, Birgit ; Humbert, Jean François. / Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxins. Veterinary Toxicology. Elsevier Ltd, 2007. pp. 714-724
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