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Health alert: Toxic blue-green algae at Doctors Lake

For Clay Today
Posted 6/20/24

DOCTORS INLET  —  The Florida Department of Health Clay County issued a health alert for harmful blue-green algae toxins in Doctors Lake based on samples taken  on June 11. Water …

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Health alert: Toxic blue-green algae at Doctors Lake


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DOCTORS INLET — The Florida Department of Health Clay County issued a health alert for harmful blue-green algae toxins in Doctors Lake based on samples taken on June 11.

Water sample testing is underway. Blue-green algae have the potential to produce toxins. Since environmental conditions can change at any time, it is essential to exercise caution, even if the presence of toxins has not yet been confirmed.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:
• You should not drink, swim, wade, water ski or engage in activities that may cause you to come in direct contact with waters where there is a visible bloom.
• Exercise caution when using personal watercraft or boating to avoid stirring up or contacting the algae or the affected water.
• Avoid getting affected water in your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.
• You should keep pets and livestock away from the waters in this location.
• Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts, and cook fish well.
• You should not eat shellfish from this location.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and partners collect algae samples from reported bloom locations for toxin analysis. Once completed, the results will be posted on the DEP Algal Bloom Dashboard at floridadep.gov/AlgalBloom, and can also be viewed on the Protecting Florida Together website at protectingfloridatogether.gov/, where you can sign up to be notified of the latest conditions.