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.

adwpadmin

adwpadmin

More News

STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER
Osseo
67°
Menomonie
70°
Chetek
69°
Durand
72°
Ladysmith
68°
Neillsville
67°
Rice Lake
69°
New Richmond
70°
Black River Falls
71°
Medford
63°
River Falls
70°
Duluth
47°
Green Bay
69°
La Crosse
71°
Madison
68°
Milwaukee
66°
Twin Cities
72°
Weather Outlook: Slight warming trend continues before rain showers the midweek.

Weather Outlook: Slight warming trend continues before rain showers the midweek.

 Happy Fall! Saturday marks the first day of fall as the Fall Equinox takes place at 8:54PM. The Equinox happens

Connect With WQOW
Top Stories

UPDATE: Gas leak contained in Boyd

Boyd's fire chief told News 18 crews were digging up a leaking water line at Double D's Saloon and workers

Sex offender faces new charges in Eau Claire

A convicted sex offender living in Eau Claire is charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a

UPDATE: Middleton shooter was employee of business where he opened fire

The Middlelton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter.

UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29,

NEW: Missing Mondovi man found dead Wednesday afternoon

According to Mondovi Police Chief Colin Severson, the department is looking or Nathan D. Kummer who was reported missing by

Scroll to top
Skip to content