- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BISMARCK,N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Departments of Health and Agriculture are cautioning people to avoid contact with water affected by blue-green algae, and to also protect pets and livestock.

Hot summer weather can contribute to the production of the algae that’s also known as cyanobacteria. People and animals who ingest affected water can get sick and even die. There’s no known antidote for the toxins.

State Veterinarian Susan Keller says the algae blooms are most common in North Dakota lakes and pasture watering holes in late summer. She says there have been recent reports of blue-green algae in Walsh County.

People are urged to err on the side of caution and avoid water that looks discolored or scummy or has a foul odor.

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