The DNR has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae located in Pelican Lake in eastern Oneida County. The algae appears in late summer and can be a health hazard for humans and animals. Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney talked with Ken Krall about the problem.
McKinney says seek immediate medical help from a doctor or veterinarian if people or pets are exposed to bluegreen algae.
Late summer in the Northwoods means it’s time to watch out for blue green algae blooms in lakes and ponds.
The algae often produces toxins that can cause rashes and breathing problems in humans. Pam Pedersen is a nurse with Vilas County Public Health Department. She says it can be especially harmful for pets that may drink or swim in murky water.