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Blue-green algae bloom health alert issued in Fellsmere

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 07:44:18-04

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The Indian River County Health Department has issued a health alert for Stick Marsh in Fellsmere due to the presence of blue-green algae bloom in the water.

The health alert release says that waters where there are algae blooms are also not safe for animals.

"Don’t swallow, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there are algae blooms. Algae blooms can cause ear, eye and skin reactions and hay fever and flu-like symptoms like diarrhea. Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae, discolored or smelly water, " said the release.

People are also advised not to cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.

For more information on algae blooms visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection webpage.