Blue-green algae toxins detected at Franklin Lock on Caloosahatchee
LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Blue-green algae toxins have been detected near Franklin Lock on the Caloosahatchee River in Lee County.
The Florida Department of Health in Lee County said they have issued a health alert for the ramp. When blue-green toxins are detected, health officials do recommend that people avoid contact with the water.
Blue-green algae can cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed, according to FDOH officials. Children and pets are especially vulnerable, so local health officials said you should keep them away form the water during the bloom.
Anyone wanting to report a new algae bloom can visit the DEP’s Algal Bloom Monitoring & Response webpage.
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