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      Blue-green algae bloom forces closure of beach at David C. Webb park in Constantia

      Blue-green algae in water at David C. Webb park in Constantia.

      The beach at David C. Webb Memorial Park in Constantia is closed to swimming due to the presence of blue-green algae, according to the Oswego County Health Department.

      The beach will remain closed until the blooms have cleared and the health department approves reopening.

      Constantiaâ??s Childrenâ??s Summer Recreation Program will continue, but swim activities are suspended.

      â??People and animals should stay out of the water to avoid contact with any algae blooms, scums, and colored water,â?? said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. â??Blue-green algae blooms can turn the water green and form thick scums on the water surface. It can cause skin or eye irritation if exposed; or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested.â??

      The Oswego County Health Department recommends taking the following precautions:

      -Donâ??t swim, wade or fish near blooms or scums.

      -Donâ??t drink the water.

      -Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums.

      -Rinse with clean water if you are exposed.

      For more information, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3557. Click here for more on blue-green algae.