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Martin County: Don't touch blue-green algae

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Posted at 4:06 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 18:33:49-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is reminding people to avoid contact with visible blue-green algae in any body of water.

Officials say advisory signs are already in place in public access points from Port Mayaca near Lake Okeechobee up through Sandsprit Park in Stuart.

Additional signs will be places as necessary as sampling results from other areas become available.

Recent test results from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have confirmed the presence of the toxin, microcystin.

DEP says exposure to water containing algae toxins may cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed and rash if touched or inhaled.

If you spot blue-green algae, contact DEP at 407-897-4177 or visit this link.

To report a fish kill, contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 800-636-0511.

For health related questions, contact the Florida Department of Health in Martin County at 772-
221-4090.

For more information about blue-green algae, log on to www.MartinCountyHealth.com

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