- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Health and Agriculture Departments are cautioning people to avoid contact with the Green Lake near Wishek as tests revealed the presence of high levels of a toxin caused by blue-green algae.

Authorities on Thursday said the Health Department last week received a report of a blue-green algae bloom. Health officials then found blue-green algae in the lake, including along the swimming beach and boat ramp areas.

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

The Department of Health says blue-green algae often bloom in hot weather in bodies of water that are used by people, pets and livestock.

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