- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - State officials are warning people to stay off the eastern shore of Utah Lake after the discovery of a miles-long algae bloom that could contain harmful toxins.

Environmental quality authorities said Thursday they’re posting signs at the Provo Marina warning people not to recreate on the lake as they study the bloom.

Officials say crews are running tests to determine whether it contains cyanobacteria, which can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. More advisories could be issued.

The bloom extends from Provo Bay along the eastern shore of the lake to Provo Harbor near the Utah Lake State Park and at least two miles to the west.

In 2014, a dog died shortly after playing water affected by another algal bloom.

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