Livingston County Department of Health The Livingston County Department of Health is reporting that harmful algal blooms have recently been found in areas along the eastern shoreline of Conesus Lake.

The Livingston County Department of Health reports the harmful algal blooms have recently been found in areas along the eastern shoreline of Conesus Lake.

Blooms occur when algae multiply very rapidly over a short period of time, usually in calm, warm water.

Harmful algal blooms may persist in varying degrees and at various locations throughout the summer and fall seasons, according to the health department.

There are thousands of different algae species and a few of them may create toxins. The toxins are a concern when there is a high level present in the water.

The Livingston County Department of Health is monitoring for algae blooms and may collect samples of the water if the bloom is concentrated and persistent.

At this time, visual monitoring has found the presence of harmful algae in the affected areas.

Contact with the algae may result in some health issues such as itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms are not just caused by harmful algae contact and the health department advises those who experience any of these symptoms to seek medical advice.

The public water supply is safe for drinking, according to the health department.

Residents are advised not to drink or use the lake water for cooking and do not swim, wade, play, or come into direct contact with water that is discolored or has scums on the surface.

Pets should not be allowed to drink or to come into contact with discolored water. If contact occurs, wash with soap and clean water to remove algal material.

Always rinse after coming into contact with any surface water whether or not a blue-green algae bloom is present. Avoid contact with surface water when open cuts or wounds are present on the body.

This is the first HAB reported on the lake this season. Last year, 11 blooms were reported between late June and mid October.

Questions may be directed to the Livingston County Department of Health. The department can be reached at (585) 243-7280 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by email at dept-of-health@co.livingston.ny.us.

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