Health Department: Anatoxin detected in Owasco Lake

Photo taken by Tim Schneider, used with permission from the Owasco Lake Watershed Inspection Program.

Recent samples taken from two different algal blooms near the Indian Cove and Buck Point area of Owasco Lake identified a previously undetected toxin as homo-anatoxin, according to a statement from the Cayuga County Health Department.

Anatoxin is a type of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), which can cause adverse health effects in animals and humans if ingested at high concentrations, the Cayuga County Health Department said.

Health officials advise to never drink untreated surface water, and that in-home treatments such as boiling, disinfecting water with chlorine, or ultraviolet radiation and water filtration units do not remove the toxins associated with harmful algal blooms.

SEE MORE: Incredible aerial photos show algal blooms on Owasco Lake

More information about the Owasco Lake HAB sampling program can be found here.

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