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Lake County Health Department issues Blue-green Algae Bloom Alert for Harris Bayou Center

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EUSTIS – The Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) has issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Harris Bayou Center. This is in response to a water sample taken on 12/21/2023. The public should exercise caution in and around Harris Bayou Center.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski, or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
  • Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.
  • Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.
  • Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.
  • Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts, and cook fish to appropriate temperature.
  • Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae

For updates, visit the statewide Algal Bloom Dashboard.

N.B.: Harris Bayou Center is a wetland area between Lakes Harris and Griffin, just southwest of Leesburg International Airport:

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