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

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is notifying residents near Lake Weir of a blue-green algae bloom.

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Officials learned of the bloom after water samples showed evidence of the possible contamination June 7.

See map of area below:

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.

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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.