Public warned of algae scum at Blue Lake

Public warned of algae scum at Blue Lake

Public warned of algae scum at Blue Lake

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:39 AM

WOOD VILLAGE, Ore. – A health advisory was issued for Blue Lake due to algae Monday. The public was asked to avoid contact with Blue Lake water until the advisory is lifted.

The advisory was issued after blue-green algae scum was found on Blue Lake, near Wood Village, said a spokesman for the Oregon Public Health Division.

Authorities were determining whether the algae contained harmful toxins. Until then, people and animals should avoid coming in contact with lake water.

Officials said algae toxins could not be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water. Homes or campers using water directly from the lake should find an alternate water source.

Fish caught from Blue Lake should have all fat, skin and organs removed before cooking. Officials also advised that clams and mussels from Blue Lake should be avoided.

Symptoms of algae exposure include numbness, dizziness, skin irritation and difficulty breathing. Medical attention should be sought immediately if symptoms occur.

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