- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Officials have issued a health advisory at Pawnee Lake in eastern Nebraska after elevated levels of toxic algae were detected.

The Nebraska Game and Park Commission says Friday that samples taken from the lake earlier this week detected elevated levels of toxic blue-green algae.

Officials say visitors at Pawnee State Recreation Area should avoid full-body contact with the water, which includes swimming, wading and jet skiing.

Skin exposed to the toxin can develop rashes and blisters. Someone who drinks water containing the toxin is at risk for headaches, nausea and muscular pain.

The lake will be tested weekly through the summer. The health advisory will be lifted if the algae levels return to normal.


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