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Dec. 3, 2023

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Toxic algae advisory lifted at Vancouver Lake as conditions improve

By , Columbian staff writer

Clark County Public Health lifted its toxic algae bloom advisory at Vancouver Lake following improved toxin levels.

Water samples show improved water quality since the warning was placed on Aug. 17. Officials recommend that visitors avoid water with floating scum, because this can still pose danger to human and pet health.

Exposure to cyanotoxins, whether ingested or inhaled, can be harmful for people and deadly for small animals. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath, as well as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Skin contact can cause rashes, itching, blisters and eye irritation.

Public Health will continue to monitor Vancouver and Lacamas Lakes and sample water as algae blooms remain.

For more information, visit Public Health’s public beach website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/public-beaches.

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