ANGOLA, IN - The Steuben County Health Department is reminding residents and visitors to be watchful for the presence of blue-green algae during recreational activities such as swimming, wading, and water-skiing.
Blue-green algae are organisms that grow and live in fresh waters, with the ability to grow quickly and multiply with increased temperature, sunlight, and nutrients. They live near the surface of rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs.
All pet owners should be cautious around recreational waters when they allow pets to drink, swim or play in the water. Exposure to a blue-green algae bloom can lead to rashes, skin and eye irritation, and other unpleasant effects such as nausea, stomach aches, and tingling in fingers and toes.
Since every lake, river or other type of water-body in the state cannot be tested; health officials recommend that swimmers and boaters be careful in all recreational water. Precautionary measures should include avoiding contact with visible algae and swallowing water while swimming. Also, it is always a good idea to take a bath or shower with warm, soapy water after swimming. If you should experience any symptoms after water recreational activities, please contact your doctor.
For further information about blue-green algae, please visit the website, www.algae.in.gov.