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Blue-green algae confirmed at southeast Oklahoma lake

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 12:09:08-04

HODGEN, Okla. -- Swim beaches and a boat ramp have been closed at Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma as a result of a blue-green algae bloom, officials said.

Blue-green algae is a bacteria found naturally in most freshwater lakes and posts. When a clear lake or pong becomes cloudy or deep green, it's called an algae bloom. 

“As soon as we confirmed the presence of blue-green algae at Cedar Lake, we began the process of closing the swim beach and warning visitors,” said District Ranger Michelle Caviness.  “For now, the most important thing to remember is that as long as you avoid the affected water, the blue-green algae does not pose a health risk to Cedar Lake visitors.”

Children and animals are most susceptible to skin irritations when exposed to the algae. Anyone who comes into contact with blue-green algae should wash their hands with clean water.

Anyone who experiences health issues is asked to contact a health care professional. 

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