The toxins can cause skin irritation and problems with the lungs, liver, and nervous system. The toxins from the algal blooms have been known to be fatal to animals that have been exposed when they groom themselves by licking their skin or fur. If you or a pet comes in contact with the algal blooms, rinse with clear, clean water ASAP and consult your health care provider or veterinarian if you experience symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; skin, eye, or throat irritation; and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.
To learn more about these algal blooms, go to the New York State Department of Health website or the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. To report any algal blooms on the lakes, call 1-800-220-1609 or contact Schuyler County Public Health for assistance at (607) 535-8140.