- Associated Press - Sunday, September 7, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say possibly toxic algae have been spotted at Bluewater Lake.

New Mexico State Parks has issued a notice that blue-green algae were seen in the lake more than a week ago.

Parks officials say visitors who decide to swim at Bluewater Lake State Park will be warned about possible health risks associated with exposure to the algae.

Blue-green algae are a naturally occurring organism in lakes that can produce toxins. The algae tend to have a short lifespan but parks officials plan to post notices and distribute flyers to visitors.

They say visitors should limit contact as much as possible.

The ingestion of toxins from the algae can result in a rash, hives or blisters. Other symptoms include runny eyes and nose, sore throat and diarrhea.

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