Blue green algae found in Rose Lake

Rose Lake algae bloom
Credit: Panhandle Health District

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho – A public health advisory has been issued for Rose Lake because of a harmful algae bloom. 

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have been found in the water. 

These bacteria make the water appear discolored or murky and can present as streaks or globs of scum. 

Exposure to the bacteria can be harmful to both people and animals. Symptoms of exposure include rashes, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing and wheezing. More severe symptoms can affect the liver and nervous systems. 

People are asked to avoid recreating in the water. Those who choose to eat fish from the lake are encouraged to remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking. Toxins typically collect in those tissues.

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