Have you been slimed? Contact with Blue- green algae can make you sick
When blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) forms “blooms” in lakes, ponds, or rivers, these organisms can release
toxins which can make people and animals sick. These large mats of algae can form underwater rising to the surface
overnight and they sometimes have a bad smell. These “blue-green algae also can be brown or red in color and can
sometimes look like thick paint spilled in the water.
How to protect yourself from Blue-Green Algae
• Avoid contact with large mats of a Blue Green Algae
• Never allow your children or pets to play in or drink scummy water
• Do not water-ski or jet ski over algae mats
• If you accidentally come into contact with blue-green algae , wash thoroughly, paying special attention to swimsuit area
and pet’s fur.
Swimming in water with toxin blue-green algae bloom can cause:
• skin rash
• runny nose
• irritated eyes
Swallowing such water can cause:
• vomiting or diarrhea
• affect your liver
• poison pets
Click HERE to see enlarged algae bloom photos.
For more information visit Florida Marine Research Institute at: www.floridamarine.org