INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana officials are warning residents about the
dangers of possible high levels of blue-green algae at state reservoirs and
The Indiana State Department of Health says swimmers and boaters should take
care in all recreational waters to avoid contact with algae.
Algae are commonly found in lakes and streams without concern, but state
officials warn that the concentrated presence of blue-green algae can be
linked to some adverse health effects. Exposure to blue-green algae may lead
to rashes, skin and eye irritation, as well as nausea, stomach aches, and
tingling in fingers and toes. People who experience symptoms after being in
the water should contact a doctor.
The state Board of Animal Health says livestock, pets and wild animals can
be poisoned by toxins produced by some algae blooms.