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Public Health Advisory issued for Cocolalla Lake
HAYDEN, ID. - The Panhandle Health District, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Department of Environmental Equality issued a health advisory for Cocolalla Lake, Friday, due to the presence of cyanobacteria discovered in a recent water sample.
This cyanobacteria, also known as harmful algal bloom (HAB), can spread and move with wind and water traffic. Because of this, the public is urged to use caution near or in the water at Cocolalla Lake.
This HAB's appearance varies, but it usually presents as discolored water, streaks, or globs of scum that can cause thick green areas along lake shorelines.
The Panhandle Health district says if you come in contact with a HAB from swimming, bathing, or showering; rinse off with fresh water. Symptoms can include rashes, hives, diarrehea, vomiting, coughing, or wheezing.
Pets, children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems are groups who are most at-risk of harmful exposure.
For more information about harmful algal blooms, visit DEQ’s website at: