PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) has confirmed the presence of harmful blue-green algae on Lake Erie within, and possibly extending beyond, Lake County's borders.
The harmful algal bloom (HAB) is a large growth of naturally-occurring bacteria that can produce toxins.
Laboratory testing confirmed the presence of the algae on July 2. Further test results will be received at the end of the week to possibly identify the toxins.
Until then, LCGHD representatives advise the public to avoid contact with water or water spray where the harmful algae was found.
Contacting or inhaling water droplets for humans and pets, where the HAB was found, may cause skin rash, blisters, hives, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, numbness, sore throat or headaches.
LCGHD representatives recommend completely rinsing off after being accidentally exposed to the water.
Fish can still be eaten at your own risk, but it's recommended removing the fat and skin.
There are informational signs posted at the beach reminding the public to be aware of harmful algae on the water.