Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Toxic algae bloom reported in Eastham

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"Town officials are warning swimmers and pet owners to avoid Molls Pond off Alston Avenue because of the growth of blue-green algae." The problem was noticed when a dog became sick, after drinking from the pond.

"Possible health effects range from rashes, hives or skin blisters to runny eyes and nose, sore throat, diarrhea and vomiting.  In rare cases, exposure can lead to neurological symptoms, including drooling, weakness, staggering, convulsions, and death in dogs.  Humans may experience dizziness, numb lips or tingling fingers. Source

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Texas battles blue-green algae epidemic

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Officials recently met in Texas to discuss how they can more effectively combat toxic blue-green algae blooms, which continue to spread in the state.  The most immediate problem was Lake Texoma.

"Businesses along the lake felt the deleterious effects of blue-green algae blooms this past summer. The blooms, which are toxic to both human and animal life, drove away tourists and local residents, hurting revenue at shops and restaurants that depend on warm weather business. Local leaders said they endeavored to ensure blue-green algae blooms do not reappear this coming summer, and that they plan on proactively attacking the nuisance."