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Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom caution for Deep Lake

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County is notifying residents near Deep Lake of blue-green algae bloom.

Officials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination. Jan 17.

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The alert, which had been issued earlier this year, has now been extended until Feb 16.

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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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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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