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Blue-green algae blooms found on Conesus Lake

Blue-green algae has been found in the southeast area of Conesus Lake, according to the Livingston County Department of Health (WHAM photo)

Conesus, N.Y. (WHAM) - Blue-green algae has been found in the southeast area of Conesus Lake, according to the Livingston County Department of Health.

The algae blooms was found near Southern Shores Campground.

The blooms appear when the organism multiplies very rapidly over a short period of time, usually in calm, warm water.

Blue-green algae is concerning because has toxins when there is a high level of algae in the water. Contact with it may result in side effects including itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea.

People are advised to not drink or use the lake water for cooking; any swimming, wading or other forms of direct contact with water containing blue-green algae should be avoided. Pets should also be kept away from the water.

The Department of Health did state the public water supply is safe for drinking.

Additional questions can be directed to the Department of Health at 243-7280 or dept-of-health@co.livingston.ny.us.

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