Toxic blue-green algae found in Newman Lake

SPOKANE, Wash. — You’ll want to avoid swimming in Newman Lake for a while.

The Spokane Regional Health District recently issued a harmful algae alert for Newman Lake after test results showed potentially toxic levels of blue-green algae in the water.

Spokane County and the SRHD advises that people stay away from Newman Lake and avoid using it. At this time, there have been no reports of illness caused by the lake. Experts will continue to monitor and test water quality weekly.

For those that choose to eat fish from the lake, it is recommended to remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, since toxins are likely to collect in those tissues.

Symptoms of exposure to blue-green algae include rashes, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing and/or wheezing. More severe symptoms can affect the liver and nervous system from ingestion of the water.

And remember, when in doubt, stay out!

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