The environmental health agency is warning the blue-green algae blooms (also known as cyanobacteria) are non- pathogenic photosynthetic bacteria that grow in outdoor water bodies. They produce toxins such as microcystins, cylindrospermopsin and anatoxin-a. They can grow quickly and form large blooms, especially in warm weather.
SCOPE OF PROBLEM IN CALIFORNIA:
Toxic blooms occur throughout California and are increasing in number, frequency and severity.
Dog and livestock deaths in California have been linked to blue-green algal toxins.
Animals can be exposed by:
- Contacting any infected water body including lakes, rivers and ponds. Because animals are attracted to blue-green algae, they drink the water and eat algal materials. Dogs in particular lick algae caught in their fur after being in the water.
- Consuming water and algae from resident’s pools or decorative ponds.
Ingesting blue-green algae health supplements
CLINICAL SIGNS: Onset within minutes to hours. This can include:
- Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, depression, anorexia, jaundice, abdominal tenderness,
Dark urine, tarry stools, excessive thirst, increased urination, ataxia, seizures, paralysis,
Respiratory arrest, and sudden death.
Reporting confirmed or suspected cases will help prevent other animals and human exposures to blue-green algae toxins. Questions: Please call the State Water Resources Control Board at
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