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Public asked to stay out of Springfield Lake due to algae toxins

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 16:42:15-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents in Springfield and Lakemore to forego swimming in Springfield Lake due to algae toxins in the water.

“Residents and visitors are advised to avoid all contact with Springfield Lake water,” authorities said.

A Public Health Advisory has been issued until water toxins subside.

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) can produce illness-causing toxins. According to the Ohio Department of Health, symptoms can include nausea, dizziness and skin rashes. Swallowing even a small amount of HAB-contaminated water can cause symptoms, which typically occur within 48 hours.

HABs occur when there is a shallow body of fresh water, warm temperatures, sunlight and excessive amounts of nutrients, like phosphorus and nitrogen, in the water, according to the department of health. Some HABs are visible as thick mats or scum on the surface of the water in a variety of colors, including bluish-green, bright green, or even red or maroon.

Anyone with questions about the advisory can call the Summit County Public Health Department at 330-812-3877.

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