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Oregon Department of Human Services issues a health advisory for Paulina Lake
by The Oregonian
Thursday August 27, 2009, 11:29 AM
Abnormally high algae levels in Paulina Lake have led the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Deschutes County Health Department to issue a health advisory.
Water monitoring revealed blue-green algae in the lake, which is located about 25 miles south of Bend in the caldera of Newberry Volcano. According to Curtis Cude of DHS, these algae can create toxins that are harmful to humans and animals.
Skin contact with the water is dangerous, and drinking it is particularly hazardous. Cude says that boiling, filtering or treating the water has no effect on its safety.
Exposure to these toxins can elicit symptoms such as numbness, tingling and dizziness and cause breathing or heart problems. Children and pets are especially at risk.
Authorities say that recreational activities around the lake are still safe, as is boating, provided vessels travel at speeds that don't create excessive water spray. DHS says the public will be alerted when the safety advisory is withdrawn.
For more information, contact DHS toll-free at 1-877-290-6767.