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Red Tide Fish Kills And Respiratory Irritations Reach Hernando County

As red tide continues to plague Florida’s west coast, it also seems to continue expanding north.

The latest state update Wednesday shows red tide blooms are persisting along Florida's Gulf Coast and in Tampa Bay.

Fish kills and respiratory irritations suspected to be related to red tide are now being reported as far north as Hernando County, according to the red tide status reportfrom the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties also experienced fish kills over the past week. Respiratory irritations were reported in all those counties, except for Hillsborough.

Click here for the latest respiratory forecast.

Bloom concentrations of the red tide organism Karenia brevis were observed in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota over the past week.

The latest map shows high concentrations from Indian Rocks Beach down to Treasure Island, and from Bradenton Beach down to Longboat Key.

Low to background concentrations were recorded farther south in Charlotte and Lee counties.

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Jessica Meszaros is a reporter and host of All Things Consideredfor WGCU News.