- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

TOBIAS, Neb. (AP) - State officials have issued a health alert for Swan Creek Lake in southeast Nebraska’s Saline County.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission said Friday that testing of the lake earlier this week detected toxin levels produced by blue-green algal blooms.

Visitors to the lake should avoid full body contact activities such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing. Non-contact activities such as boating, fishing and camping should be safe. People are urged to keep pets out of the water and not allow them to drink lake water.

Skin exposed to the toxin can develop rashes and blisters. Ingesting the toxin can cause headaches, nausea and muscular pain.

Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County also remains on health alert for a second week because of earlier positive tests for the toxin.

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