You may have heard of recent reports of pets in North Carolina and Texas dying from exposure to harmful algae. Unfortunately, this very algae has also been spotted in locations in Virginia, specifically, Orange County, Louisa County, and Spotsylvania. The harmful algae bloom, known as cyanobacteria, thrives in warmer conditions which is why advisories tend to be issued during the summer months. The algae can be spotted due to its blue-green hue and should be avoided at all costs, especially if you’re with pets or small children. Here’s more on how to spot the toxic algae.

Take a look at this recent report from WUSA Channel 9, posted on YouTube:

For additional information regarding the toxic blue-green algae, click here.

Have you spotted any of the algae blooms this year or in past years? Feel free to share your experiences with us.

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