CONSTANTIA – The Oswego County Health Department announced Sunday that the David C. Webb Memorial Park Bathing Beach on Oneida Lake in the town of Constantia has been closed to swimming due to the presence of a blue-green algae bloom.
The beach will remain closed until the blooms have cleared and the health department approves its re-opening.
“Blue-green algae produces toxins that could pose a health risk to people and animals if they are exposed to them in large enough quantities,” said Oswego County Public Health Director, Jiancheng Huang. “Direct contact or breathing airborne droplets containing high levels during swimming can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat and inflammation in the respiratory tract.”
The Oswego County Health Department recommends taking the following precautions:
Don’t swim, wade or fish near blooms or scums.
Don’t drink the water.
Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums.
Rinse with clean water if you are exposed.
For more information or to report any symptoms associated with exposure to blue-green algae blooms, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3557 weekdays or 315-341-0086 evenings, weekends and holidays.
To learn more about blue-green algae, visit health.ny.gov/environment