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LAKES — Public health officials issue warnings this time of year to be wary about the color of the water we enjoy for recreation.
Algae, the microscopic organisms that grow naturally in the ocean and fresh water, are generally harmless.
But one kind, called cyanobacteria or blue-green algae, can produce toxins capable of causing illness in people and animals, including dogs.
People can be exposed in several ways — through contact while wading or playing in the water, swallowing affected water when swimming, or inhaling water droplets during activities like water-skiing.
Read on for details from an Associated Press report.