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Dangerous Blue-Green Algae Back at Area Lakes

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Blooms of blue-green algae are back at a Green Country lake, according to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

Because of the elevated blue-green algae count, contact with water in specific areas at the lakes are discouraged until toxicity tests can be done. These lakes include Keystone, Tenkiller and Heyburn.

Visitors and their pets should avoid the areas, including swimming or drinking the untreated water. Officials with the Army Corp of Engineers told KTUL that the visible blooms are present at Heyburn, while the other two are just show elevated levels.

Blue-green algae consists of tiny bacterial organisms that can live in all types of water including lakes, streams and ponds.

You can't tell if its toxic by just looking at it -- and some toxins produced can cause upper respiratory problems, eye irritation, vomiting and diarrhea.

You can check the status of specific lakes here: http://www.travelok.com/checkmyoklake#current

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