Blue-Green Algae Alert Issued in Pinellas County Park

LARGO -- The Pinellas office of the state Health Department says blue-green algae toxins have been found in Eagle Lake Park on Keene Road.

A water sample taken Monday (13th) showed signs of the toxins. FDOH says visitors should not drink, swim, wade, jetski or boat in Lake #2, where the algae toxins were detected. Those who have contact with contaminated water should wash skin and clothing. Pets should also be kept away. Healthy fish caught in those waters are safe, but not shellfish.

Blue-green algae is common in freshwater environments. In Florida, it's been associated in recent years with problems on Lake Okeechobee and canals and rivers that form the lake's drainage system.

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