You May Not Want To Swim In This Connecticut Lake This Summer Due To A Dangerous Discovery

Did you know that the algae found in lakes can actually be toxic? That’s not always the case, but unless you know what you’re looking for you could be taking a very dangerous swim. The Lake Zoar Authority is already warning residents that this could be a high season for blue-green algae blooms at their lake, which is not good for recreational swimmers. A toxic algae bloom has several health effects if exposure is prolonged or water is ingested.

And it’s not just you. If you like bringing the dog along, they’re just as at risk. If you’re exposed to a high amount of toxins in the water, it can result in irritation of the skin, nose, eyes and respiratory tract, gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting or diarrhea upon ingestion, and liver or nervous system effects. It may even lead to Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

But there’s no need to be alarmed! The important thing is to check with your local lake authority and the lake’s DEEP page before planning your trip. All lakes, and especially ponds, are susceptible to toxic algae blooms. As long as you take precautions we should all have a fun and totally safe summer.

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