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Algae blooms found in more Ky. lakes

Authorities say they have found more harmful algae blooms at Kentucky lakes this summer.

The Army Corps of Engineers says the blooms have been found at a total of four lakes - Rough River, Barren River, Taylorsville and Nolin. The blooms at Barren River and Taylorsville were reported earlier in the summer.

Federal and state officials told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/168xZYs) that it is the first time this type of bloom has been detected in the state, though it has been documented in upper Midwest states, Ohio and Indiana.

The lakes, which combined draw about 5 million visitors annually, remain open.

Corp officials are urging people who use the lakes to take precautions including not swallowing water, washing well after swimming and removing skin from fish before eating it.

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