Ohio has seen an increase in the number of algae blooms on lakes and rivers over the last few years. A combination of warm sunny weather and increased nutrients in the water cause the growth. The nutrients usually come from excess fertilizers from nearby areas that enter the lake and nearby streams when it rains. During an algae bloom, the water can look blue or green, look like spilled paint, or have a thin film on top of the water, and have a bad smell. Unlike some kinds of bacteria that can be found in water sources, the HAB toxins do not have to be swallowed, to cause illness. Just touching the water with exposed skin can cause a person to get sick. If you have touched the HAB affected water, you should rinse off with clean water immediately. Pet owners are also encouraged to rinse off their pets if they have been swimming in the affected water. Symptoms of HAB exposure include:· Skin rashes, hives, or blisters· Runny eyes and nose, sore throat, or asthma-like symptoms· Diarrhea and vomiting· Abdominal pain· Dizziness, weakness, breathing difficultiesAnyone who has been swimming, in the lake and is experiencing any of these symptoms should call their physician.For more information on harmful algal blooms, visit Clermont County Public Health’s website at www.ccphohio.org.# # #For more information contact Keith Robinson, communications coordinator for Clermont County Public Health at 513-732-7717 or firstname.lastname@example.orgClermont County Public Health (CCPH) is a local government agency that provides public and environmental services, nursing services and education to Clermont County residents. CCPH is dedicated to the mission of striving to improve Clermont County by preventing disease, promoting health, and protecting the environment. For more information, visit www.ccphohio.org or call 513-732-7499.
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