- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia officials are urging participants in an upcoming regatta on the Ohio River to use caution after the discovery of blue-green algae blooms.

Organizers of this weekend’s Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta at Heritage Point tell The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register (https://bit.ly/1VuCTtc ) that the event will go on despite the health advisory.

They say participants should spray off when they come out of the water and use hand sanitizer. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department says participants should also wash clothes and shoes worn while in the water and clean their boats and equipment.

Swallowing water with high concentrations of blue-green algae can cause skin and eye irritation and intestinal illness. Health Department Administrator Howard Gamble says there have been no reports of illnesses from the algae bloom.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, https://www.theintelligencer.net

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