Algae bloom found in Taylorsville Lake

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found an algae bloom in Taylorsville Lake in Spencer County that could harm people and animals.

Federal and state health officials are warning of potential health risks associated with swimming in or ingesting lake water or using the lake to water pets or livestock.

State officials are working with the Corps to monitor the lake for the harmful bacteria and to inform people about the lake's status.

Clark Dorman, water quality branch manager in the state Division of Water, says algae blooms produce toxins that can cause nose and skin irritation and other illnesses in humans and animals.

Symptoms of exposure to the blooms can include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin, eye and throat irritation and breathing difficulties.

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