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Jamesville Beach closed for swimming after algae spotted in water

LaFayette, NY — The Jamesville Beach will be temporarily closed for swimming after algae was spotted in the water, health department officials said Wednesday.

The swimming area will remain closed until health officials test the water and determine it is safe, according to a news release by the Onondaga County Health Department.

Exposure to algal blooms can cause skin and eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. Blooms form thick surface scums and turn water green, according to the release.

With the algae sighting at the beach, health department officials recommended taking these precautions:

  • Don’t swim, wade, boat, or fish near blooms or scums, and don’t eat fish caught from waters with blooms
  • Don’t drink the water
  • Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums
  • Rinse with clean water if exposed

The beach’s closing will only affect swimming, according to the release. Other areas in the park will remain open during normal hours.

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