Numerous dead or dying menhaden have been washing ashore with severe lesions near Havelock in the areas of Flanners Beach and Carolina Pines. N.C. Division of Water Resources staff and other scientists are analyzing the menhaden to pinpoint the cause of the fish kill. Low dissolved oxygen does not appear to be a factor, according to a press release from the North Carolina Division of Environmental Quality. Officials are warning people to avoid contact with the water near the fish kill.
If you come in contact with the water where fish or shellfish are dead, dying, appear sick, or have sores:
• Remove wet clothing and keep it separate from other items until it has been washed.
• Wash any body part (except the eyes) that comes into contact with the waters, using soap and clean water. Rinse eyes with lots of clear, clean water.
• Use waterproof gloves when handling pets and items that have come into contact with the waters.
• See your doctor or health provider if you experience any symptoms (e.g., confusion, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash) that might be caused by exposure to these waters.