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Red tide in Palm Beach County waters, preliminary results show

Posted at 4:33 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 09:42:44-04

According to samples taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission an organism that causes most red tides in Florida is at least present within the coastal waters of Palm Beach County, it was announced Monday afternoon.

Health officials say some people can experience coughing, sneezing, tearing and an itchy throat when the Florida red tide organism is present and winds blow onshore.

Anyone with asthma or emphysema or another respiratory condition should avoid areas near red tide.

Experts say red tides on the east coast of Florida are extremely rare. 

They've happened 57 times on Florida's west coast and eight made their way to the east coast, according to officials. All were carried by currents from the Gulf of Mexico, officials said.

It's unclear how high the concentration is.