Blue-green algae bloom alert | Sumter County Shopper

Blue-green algae bloom alert |  Sumter County Shopper

Last week, the Sumter County Health Department issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algae toxins found at sites east of central Banasovki Lake.

This alert is in response to a water sample taken on October 26.

Many types of blue-green algae can produce toxins that can cause irritation, difficulty breathing, headaches, and other medical problems. It may also interfere with the oxygen requirements of native fish and aquatic life,” according to a November 1 news release from the Department of Health. “Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria common in Florida’s freshwater environments. Some of the environmental factors that contribute to blue-green algae blooms are sunny days, warm water temperatures, still water conditions, and excess nutrients. Flowers can appear throughout the year but are more frequent in summer and fall.”

The Department of Health introduced the following precautions:

Do not drink, swim, swim in the water, or use personal watercraft, water skis, or boats in waters where bloom is visible.

Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you come into contact with algae or the water is smelly or discolored.

Keep pets out of the area. Water in which algae thrive is not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different water source when algae are present.

Do not cook or clean dishes in water contaminated with algae. Boiling water will not eliminate toxins.

Eating fillets of healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing bloom is safe. Rinse the fish fillets in tap or bottled water, discard the entrails, and cook the fish thoroughly.

Do not eat shellfish in waters where algae bloom.

For additional information about the potential health effects of algal blooms, visit floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins.

Find current information on the state of Florida’s water quality, public health notifications for harmful algal blooms, and beach conditions at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

To report a bloom to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, call 855-305-3903 or report at www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3444948/Algal-Bloom-Reporting-Form.

To report fish deaths, call the Florida Institute of Fish and Wildlife Research at 800-636-0511.

To report symptoms from exposure to harmful algal blooms or any aquatic toxins, call the Florida Poison Information Center at 800-222-1222. If you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, call the Health Department at 352-569-3102.

Contact your vet if you think your pet has become ill after eating or coming into contact with water contaminated with blue-green algae.

Last week, the Sumter County Health Department issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algae toxins found at sites east of central Banasovki Lake.

This alert comes in response to a water sample taken on October 26.

Many types of blue-green algae can produce toxins that can cause irritation, difficulty breathing, headaches, and other medical problems. It may also interfere with the oxygen requirements of native fish and aquatic life,” according to a November 1 news release from the Department of Health. “Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria common in Florida’s freshwater environments. Some of the environmental factors that contribute to blue-green algae blooms are sunny days, warm water temperatures, still water conditions, and excess nutrients. Flowers can appear throughout the year but are more frequent in summer and fall.”

The Department of Health introduced the following precautions:

Do not drink, swim, swim in the water, or use personal watercraft, water skis, or boats in waters where bloom is visible.

Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you come into contact with algae or the water is smelly or discolored.

Keep pets out of the area. Water in which algae thrive is not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different water source when algae are present.

Do not cook or clean dishes in water contaminated with algae. Boiling water will not eliminate toxins.

Eating fillets of healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing bloom is safe. Rinse the fish fillets in tap or bottled water, discard the entrails, and cook the fish thoroughly.

Do not eat shellfish in waters where algae bloom.

For additional information about the potential health effects of algal blooms, visit floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins.

Find current information on the state of Florida’s water quality, public health notifications for harmful algal blooms, and beach conditions at ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov.

To report a bloom to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, call 855-305-3903 or report at www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3444948/Algal-Bloom-Reporting-Form.

To report fish deaths, call the Florida Institute of Fish and Wildlife Research at 800-636-0511.

To report symptoms from exposure to harmful algal blooms or any aquatic toxins, call the Florida Poison Information Center at 800-222-1222. If you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, call the Health Department at 352-569-3102.

Contact your vet if you think your pet has become ill after eating or coming into contact with water contaminated with blue-green algae.

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