Dog Poisonings Associated with a Microcystis aeruginosa Bloom in the Netherlands

M. Lurling, Elisabeth J. Faassen

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In early autumn 2011, three dogs died after they had been exposed to a Microcystis aeruginosa bloom on Lake Amstelmeer, The Netherlands. The cyanobacterial scum from the lake contained up to 5.27 x 10(3) mu g g(-1) dry-weight microcystin, the vomit of one of the dogs contained on average 94 mu g microcystin g(-1) dry-weight. In both cases, microcystin-LR was the most abundant variant. This is the first report of dog deaths associated with a Microcystis bloom and microcystin poisoning in The Netherlands. [KEYWORDS: bathing water cyanobacterial scum cyanotoxins microcystin LC-MS/MS swimming ban blue-green-algae cyanobacterial toxins 1st report benthic cyanobacteria anatoxin-a lake neurotoxicosis diversity identification heptapeptides]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-567
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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