Bay Area residents are being warned to stay away from ponds, rivers, and streams in southern Napa County.
Last week, two dogs died after swimming in a Huichica Creek pond filled with toxic blue-green algae.
SFGate noted that this is the second report of toxic algae in the Bay Area in a week in recreational bodies of water. The latest report of algae in the pond where the dogs died comes on the heels of an algae bloom in Oakland's Lake Temescal.
According to public health officials, these toxic algal blooms happen when nutrient-rich water sits or only moves very slowly. Boiling, filtering, and purifying methods do not render toxic algae-filled water ever safe to drink.
Algae poisoning can cause great damage to the liver, kidney, and nervous system in humans who swallow affected water. It can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, angry skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Ingestion of toxic algae requires immediate medical attention.
There have been notable, harmful blue-green algal blooms in Lake Champlain, and other bodies of water from New York to Vermont, Wisconsin, Kansas, and these recent ones in California.
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