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Warming Climate Leads to More Toxic Algae Blooms

Warming Climate Leads to More Toxic Algae Blooms

From the Patch:

Toxic Algae At Lake Cochituate Prompts Health Warning
Toxic blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, can cause illness in people and pets — and in rare cases death.
By Neal McNamara , Patch Staff

FRAMINGHAM, MA — State health officials are warning locals to avoid coming into contact with water at Lake Cochituate due to a probable toxic blue-green algae bloom. Residents should expect to see warning signs posted near water access points.

Blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, typically blooms during warm weather. The pea-soup looking blooms can irritate the skin, and can do internal damage to humans and pets if inhaled or swallowed. In rare cases, cyanobacteria can cause organ failure and death.

Lake Cochituate is one of 14 bodies of water in Massachusetts, including the Hopkinton Reservoir, with a toxic algae warning right now, according to Framingham city officials.

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