(Fairmont, MN) – The DNR is warning that with the recent spate of warm weather in southern Minnesota, folks need to be on the lookout for blue-green algae.
A conservation officer based in Fairmont says blue-green algae has been seen on some area lakes and water recreationalists are reminded to keep themselves and their pets clear of the algae.
Blue-green algal blooms produce cyanotoxins that can make humans and animals sick – if you swallow, have skin contact with, or breathe in airborne water droplets.
If you become sick, symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, rash, eye irritation, cough, sore throat, and headache. Symptoms generally begin hours to 2 days after exposure.