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Seminole County Dept. of Health issues Health Alert for blue-green algae in Lake Jesup

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March 29, 2024

SEMINOLE – The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) has issued a health alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Seminole County - Lake Jesup. The alert is in response to a water sample taken on March 26, 2024. The public should exercise caution in and around Lake Jesup.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible
  • Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.
  • Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.
  • Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.
  • Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish to appropriate temperature.
  • Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae
For status updates, please visit the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection's Algal Bloom Dashboard.