ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County health officials have issued a warning about the presence of blue-green algae in Lake Mann.
Blue-green algae is a type of bacteria that is common in Florida’s freshwater environments.
A blue-green algae bloom can lead to discolored water and produce floating mats that emit unpleasant odors.
Blue-green algae blooms can have an impact on human health and ecosystems, including fish and other aquatic animals.
According to a news release, the public should exercise caution in and around Lake Mann.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County advises resident and visitors to take the following precautions:
· You should not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water-ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
· Avoid getting water in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
· You should keep pets and livestock away from the waters in this location.
· Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.
· You should not eat shellfish from this location.
A water sample at Lake Mann was taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on May 26.
Blooms can appear year-round but are more frequent in summer and fall, and many types of blue-green algae can produce toxins.
For additional information on the potential health effects of algal blooms, visit floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins.
If you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, please call the Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s Algal Bloom Information Line at 407-723-5216.
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