Health advisory posted at Kiser Lake due to algae bloom

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State officials posted a recreational health advisory at Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County on Friday, alerting residents after sampling showed high levels of algal toxins.

The is the second time in recent years that a public health advisory has been posted at the popular recreational beach due to high levels of microsystin, a toxin produced by the algae.

The advisory indicates that an algal bloom has been detected, and the Ohio Department of Health says swimming and wading aren’t recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women, those with certain medical conditions and pets.

EARLIER COVERAGE: Toxic algae warning issued for Champaign County’s Kiser Lake

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources conducted sampling at the lake and found levels of about 11.7 parts per billion, according to information from the state’s BeachGuard website.

Any level detected higher than 6 ppb prompts a health advisory, state officials said. If detected levels reach 20 ppb, the health department recommends residents avoid all contact with the water, according to information from the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the water, said Matt Eiselstein, a spokesman for ODNR. Once officials pull two samples below 6 ppb, the health advisory will be lifted.

Other beaches across the state are also under toxic algae advisories. Two beaches at Buckeye Lake have been under an elevated recreational health advisory since June 16 after state officials found toxin levels higher than 25 ppb.

Most algal blooms aren’t harmful but some are a type of cyanobacteria than can produce toxins. The blooms can have several causes, including warm temperatures and stagnant water. Some toxins can produce symptoms that include rashes, stomach issues, dizziness or other health concerns.

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