1st illness in Dunn Co. reported because of blue-green algae

Dunn County (WQOW) – The Dunn County Health Department has received its first report of a local person getting ill after being exposed to a harmful algal bloom in a local lake.

According to the Dunn County Health Department, blue-green algae might make water unsafe to drink or swim in.

People who drink or swim in water that contains blue-green algae may experience health concerns like: difficulty breathing, headache, fever, stomach issues, skin irritation and allergic reactions. The symptoms can show up minutes to hours after exposure.

“Algal blooms can appear and disappear within hours, so it is important to always be aware of the potential risk," said Dunn County Public Health Director KT Gallagher. "When you see an algal bloom, avoid the water. Do not enter the water for any purpose and remember to make sure to keep kids and pets away from the water when an algal bloom is present."

If you think you, a family member or pet developed an illness after exposure to blue-green algae, you should report the illness to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health by filling out an online survey here or call (608) 266-1120.

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