Public urged to avoid portions of Lake Anna due to algae bloom

Public urged to avoid portions of Lake Anna due to algae bloom
VDH says test results collected this month contained the harmful bacteria. (Source: Va. Dept. of Health)

LOUISA, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Health has issued warning this month for the public to avoid contact with portions of Lake Anna due to a harmful algae bloom.

There are several impacted areas of the lake including Lake Anna - Upper, North Anna Branch - Lower, North Anna Branch - Middle, North Anna Branch - Upper, Pamunkey Branch - Lower, Pamunkey Branch - Middle, Pamunkey Branch - Upper and Pamunkey Branch - Terrys Run.

INTERACTIVE MAP OF IMPACTED AREAS IN VIRGINIA:

“Some harmful algae, called cyanobacteria, can cause skin rash and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,” VDH said in a news release.

VDH says test results collected this month contained the harmful bacteria.

“People and pets are advised to avoid swimming, windsurfing and stand-up-paddle-boarding as well as other activities which pose a risk of ingesting water or exposure to skin,” VDH said. “Advisory signs will be posted in areas of the lake.”

Lake Anna also experienced high levels of the harmful algae in August 2018.

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