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Health Advisory Issued for North Tenmile Lake
The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for North Tenmile Lake in Coos County due to the presence of a harmful algae bloom and algae toxins above recreational guideline values for human exposure. People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are identified. People are encouraged to visit North Tenmile Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk. Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water. Contact campground management or the health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas. Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial algae blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Exposure to these algae toxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, similar to food poisoning and may require medical attention. Children and pets are at increased risk. For health information, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0482.