Dunn Co. health officials warn of blue-green algae after report of illness

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Published: Aug. 27, 2018 at 12:12 PM CDT
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The Dunn County Health Department says it’s received its first report of a person becoming ill after being exposed to a harmful algae bloom at an area lake.

Health officials say blue-green algae are bacteria often referred to as "pond scum". They say the toxins produced from the bloom can be dangerous to humans and pets.

Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, headache, fever, vomiting and more. Symptoms can show up minutes to hours after exposure.