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Blue-green algae blooms now found on Conesus Lake

Jun 30, 2020 | ,

Conesus, N.Y. – Blue-green algae has been found along the eastern lakeshore of Conesus Lake in Livingston County.

The most recent blooms were found by visual monitoring, the Livingston County Department of Health said in a statement.

The blooms typically occur in still, warm water, and they can be harmful to both people and pets.

The algae produces toxins that can create health risks to people and animals if they are exposed in large enough quantities, and includes allergic reactions or eye, skin, nose, and throat irritation. Injesting it can also result in the death of animals.

Citizens are being asked to avoid swimming or wading in the water – and not to use it for cooking or drinking. If you do come in contact with blooms, wash the impacted area with soap and water.

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