- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Health has issued a blue-green algae warning for the Harvey Reservoir in Wells County.

The agency said Tuesday that testing showed a toxin caused by the algae is present, but the concentration was below the state health threshold.

People notified the department about an algae bloom last week. Signs have been posted at the lake saying the water can be harmful to humans and pets.

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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