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Springfield, Illinois (WMBD) — Water conditions are becoming ideal for the growth of toxic “blue-green algae”.
Cyanobacteria are microorganisms that grow in water when the climate is warm enough. Due to the approaching summer heat, the Illinois Department of Health and Environmental Protection wants to warn people to avoid contact with algae.
Children, the elderly and people with immunodeficiency are most susceptible to the harmful properties of algae. Algae are the most dangerous when touched or ingested directly.
State officials warn residents to pay attention to these characteristic elements of algae.
- Looks like spilled green or turquoise paint.
- There is dirt on the surface, matte, or film.
- There is a blue or green crust on the coastline.
- It is discolored or has green stripes.Or
- A greenish sphere is floating in the water below the surface of the water
For more information on cyanobacteria Here..
If you suspect you are experiencing symptoms of algae exposure, call the Illinois Toxicology Center (1-800-222-1222).
Suitable conditions for dangerous algae in rivers and lakes in Illinois
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