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Toxic Algae Prompts Caution Warning at California’s Silverwood Lake

SILVERWOOD Lake, Calif. ( For the second time this season, State officials are cautioning visitors to not swim or wade near algae or scum at Silverwood Lake.

Information Officer Doug Carlson with the California Department of Water Resources told Victor Valley News that a water sampling for microcystin toxins taken on July 5th prompted the caution.

“Park Visitors are advised not to swim or wade near algae or scum. Do not drink the lake water or use it for cooking. Do not let pets or livestock go into or drink the lake water or eat the algae or scum on the shoreline,” officials warned.

Additionally, fish caught at Silverwood Lake should have the guts completely removed and disposed of, and fillets should be cleaned with tap water before cooking. Shellfish from the lake should not be consumed and children should stay away from the algae or scum in the water or shoreline.

Blue-green algae poisoning can cause eye irritation, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea, and flulike symptoms.

Toxic blue-green algae was blamed for killing two dogs that swam in a pond nearly two weeks ago in Napa County.

Warning signs have been posted around the affected areas and officials say those who feel sick or have negative side effects after entering the water should contact their doctor or a veterinarian.

If you have any questions regarding the water quality at Silverwood Lake SRA, please contact the Department of Water Resources Public Affairs Office at (916) 653-9712

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