Travel Animal Doctor: World Health Day

Travel Animal Doctor: World Health Day

World Health Day is today, and food safety is the topic of the day. -Travel Animal Doctor But food is not the only daily requirement that, contaminated, can be harmful and may harbor disease. People have probably heard stories about waterborne diseases in developing countries, but it also occurs right at your back door. How would you feel if you stopped by the gas station for some coffee on the way to work, and was unable to get it because the water in the city was bad? This is what happened to a man going through Toledo, Ohio in August. In August 2014, 287,500 inhabitants of Toledo, Ohio were unable to drink their own water due to insurmountable algae blooms in their watershed for days. The algae bloom produces toxins that are deadly to humans. The algae also block the sunlight, causing death and stagnant growth to grasses in the water. These grasses provide habitats to shellfish and fish, and are a food source for waterfowl. As the algae dies, it decomposes at the bottom of the basin and depletes the water of oxygen. This oxygen is necessary for the survival of animals living in the environment, including eastern hellbenders, giant salamanders native to the Ohio watersheds. As a fortunate extern at the Toledo Zoo, I stumbled upon a conservation project that should be well recognized for its efforts. This project helps hellbenders throughout Ohio, and utilizes their populations in watersheds as early indicators of polluted waterways. The Toledo Zoo has successfully reared Eastern hellbenders, to be released into cleaned up watersheds around Ohio. There had been drastic decline of...
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