Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Lake Burkett
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is notifying residents near Lake Burkett of blue-green algae bloom.
Officials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination. Jan 19.
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Because blooms have the potential to produce toxins health officials advise people to take the following precautions:
-Do not drink, swim, wade, or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
-Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose, or mouth
-Keep pets and livestock away from the waters where there is a bloom.
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Blue-green algae is a common occurrence in freshwater environments throughout Florida and can appear year-round.
More information about Florida’s water quality status and public health notifications can be found here.
To report an algal bloom contact FDEP at 855-305-3903 or online.
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