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Toxic algae health alert issued for Holmes Lake in Lincoln

July 13, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials have issued a health alert warning of toxic algae blooms in Lincoln’s Holmes Lake.

Officials said in a news release Friday that the alerts were issued following tests of the lake’s water.

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

When a health alert is issued, signs are posted to advise the public to use caution, and designated swimming beaches are closed. Recreational boating and fishing are permitted, but the public is warned to use caution and avoid exposure to the water.

Toxic algae alerts also continue at Kirkman’s Cove in Richardson County and Maple Creek Recreation Area Lake in Colfax County.

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