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Toxic algae health alert remains at Nebraska's Bluestem Lake

Posted August 25

— State parks officials say a health alert remains in effect for Bluestem Lake in Lancaster County after testing detected toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says that visitors to the lake should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping should be safe. People also are urged to keep pets out of the water and not allow them to drink lake water.

Skin exposed to the toxin can develop rashes and blisters. Ingesting the toxin can cause headaches, nausea and muscular pain.

A similar health advisory has been lifted at Willow Creek Lake in Pierce County.

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