Utica (WSYR-TV) – The Oneida County Health Department says that blue-green algae has been identified in Oneida Lake.
The department says the blooms can present a health risk to people or pets who are exposed to them.
The blooms are currently concentrated near the shore in Oswego County, but officials in Oneida County cautioned that they can migrate with the wind or waves.
Officials offered the following recommendations when the lake water is contaminated with blue-green algae:
- Don’t swim or wade near blooms or surface scum
- Don’t drink the water
- Keep children and pets away from any blooms or scum
- Rinse with clean water if exposed
- Consider medical attention if you have symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin, eye or throat irritation or breathing difficulties after contact with blue-green algae
People with concerns about the algae blooms should call the health department at (315) 798-5064 or visit their website.