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      Two Public Beaches Closed Due to Blue??Green Algae

      The Onondaga County Health Department announced today that Oneida Shores Beach and Joseph F. William Memorial Park Beach, both in the Town of Cicero, will be closed to swimming due to dense algae bloom containing blue ??green algae.

      Swimming will not be allowed until further notice.

      Blue??green algal blooms can turn the water green and can form thick surface scums on the water.

      Certain types of blue??green algae can release toxins that may cause skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. People and animals should keep out of the water where algae blooms are present in any body of water.

      "Stay away from it," warned Onondaga County Director of Environmental Health Kevin Zimmerman. "Don't get yourself into the situation where you're touching it, and don't let your pets into it either. It can cause even more severe symptoms in pets, and sometimes even lead to their death."

      It could be several days until the beaches are allowed to re-open as water samples must first test negative for the dangerous algae.

      More can be learned about blue??green algae at: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/