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Safety tips for algae blooms in St. Johns River

1:17 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
Green algae blooms caused by high content of nutrients in water
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Health Department has released safety tips for the public to exercise when encountering the algae blooms in the St. Johns River.

According to a release from the DCHD, the blue-green algae is cyanobacteria, commonly known as pond scum. The toxins tend to break down and disappear over time.

If water with cyanobacteria is ingested, this may result in vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps. Rashes may result if skin comes into contact with water with algae blooms.

Individuals should keep these tips in mind when it comes to algae blooms:

-Avoid recreational activities that may result in accidental ingestion of water or skin coming into contact with the water

-Fish that are caught in water near blooms should not be consumed

-Children and pets should avoid playing on the shoreline where blooms may be present

-Boiling water with algae blooms does not remove the toxins in the water.

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