Harmful algae blooms found in Conesus Lake

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The Livingston County Health Department has reported that harmful algal blooms (Blue Green Algae) have
recently been found in Conesus Lake in various locations along the North and East shorelines.

According to the health department, blooms occur when algae multiply very rapidly over a short period of time, usually in calm, warm, water.

The Livingston County Department of Health anticipates small blooms to rapidly form and just as rapidly dissipate in Conesus Lake as we experience calm, warm weather in the coming days.

The health department says they are monitoring for algae blooms and may collect samples of the water if the bloom is concentrated and persistent.

 They say the public water supply is safe for drinking.

According to the health department, contact with the algae may result in some health effects such as itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms are not just caused by harmful algae contact.

If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.

You are advised not to drink or use the lake water for cooking and do not swim, wade, play, or come into
direct contact with water that is discolored or has scums on the surface. Pets should not be allowed
to drink or to come into contact with discolored water.

If contact occurs, the health department advises you to wash with soap and clean water to remove algal material. Always rinse after coming into contact with any surface water whether or not a blue-green algae bloom is present. Avoid contact with surface water when open cuts or wounds are present on the body.

Questions may be directed to the Livingston County Department of Health. The Livingston County
Department of Health can be reached at 243-7280 Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm or by email:

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