A confirmation of cyanobacteria bloom does not necessarily indicate it is toxic. Cyanobacteria may give off microcystin toxins. However, all cyanobacteria blooms are treated as potentially toxic to ensure public health.
- Advisories are not lifted until the water has been consistently clear for two weeks.
- Animals, birds, and fish can also be affected by high levels of toxin-producing cyanobacteria.
- If your animal goes into the water, be sure to rinse them off thoroughly.
- If your animal ingests water and shows signs of illness, contact your veterinarian.
- Skin irritation, stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, sore throat, headache, muscle and joint pain, blisters of the mouth, and liver damage.
- Swimmers in water containing cyanobacterial toxins may suffer allergic reactions, such as asthma, eye irritation, rashes, and blisters around the mouth and nose.