- Associated Press - Saturday, August 13, 2016

ALAMO, N.D. (AP) - State health and agriculture officials are cautioning people about the presence of blue-green algae in Cottonwood Lake in Williams County.

Signs have been posted at the lake saying the water can be harmful to humans and pets. Officials found the algae along boat ramp areas and the swimming beach.

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.

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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