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Swimming advisory issued for Lake Mead
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 LAS VEGAS -- An advisory has been issued for Lake Mead and Lake Mohave because of algae and the health concerns that could be associated with it.

The National Park Service is recommending that swimming, jet skiing and water skiing be avoided in areas of algae.

Blue-green algae, which was seen in both lakes, was tested and showed microcystin concentrations.

Southern Nevada Water Authority said the microcystin does not pose a threat to southern Nevada's drinking water because the water is treated, but there are health issues associated with microcystin if someone comes into contact with the algae.

The health issues include rashes, skin irritations and gastrointestinal illnesses.

People are advised to not let their animals drink from the lake and avoid filling water tanks with lake water in areas with algae. People who come into contact with the algae should rinse with clean water.

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