Originally published in The News-Press by Amy Bennett williams on April 1, 2019

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Naples, is pressing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to share what it knows about the short- and long-term health effects of the toxic algae that befouled Southwest Florida last year.

Rooney said he also hopes to include the university and Lee Health, both of which have been collecting information about the outbreak.

The congressman’s efforts were welcome news to Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani, who said his nonprofit is “happy to see any attention to public health risks from cyanotoxins.

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