Health officials issue toxic algae warning for lakes


TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Health officials in Pierce County say toxic algae was found in Spanaway and Waughop lakes and warn they are unsafe for people and pets.

The Tacoma-Pierce Health District says not to swim or water ski in areas of scum.

Officials also say people should not drink lake water and should keep pets and livestock away. They suggest that boaters clean fish well and discard their guts, and avoid scummy areas when boating.

If you or your animals get sick unexpectedly, contact your doctor or vet.

Report new algae blooms to the Department of Ecology.

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