Late season, fall blooms are common in New York and Saratoga Lake. Bloom conditions have been documented with NYSDEC annually in the lake since 2015.
Exposure to any cyanobacteria HABs can cause health effects in people and animals when water with HABs is touched, swallowed, or when airborne droplets are inhaled. This is true regardless of toxin levels; some blue-green algae produce toxins, while others do not. Exposure to HABs and toxins can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, skin, eye, or throat irritation and allergic reactions, or breathing difficulties. People and pets should avoid contact with HABs and should rinse off with clean water if contact occurs. For more information, go to: www.health.ny.gov/harmfulalgae. Because HAB conditions change rapidly over time, the best prevention is to take steps to avoid waters with visible HABs.
Because HAB conditions change rapidly over time, the best prevention is to take steps to avoid waters with visible HABs.
Know it, Avoid it, Report it! To learn more, go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html