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Health Advisory issued at Little Camas Reservoir due to blue-green algae

The Central District Health Department said Saturday the Elmore County reservoir is now under a health advisory due to blue-green algae.(Courtesy Central District Health)

If you had plans heading to the Little Camas Reservoir in the near future, you might want to think again.

The Central District Health Department said Saturday the Elmore County reservoir is now under a health advisory due to blue-green algae. The toxic-producing organisms can make people and animals sick.

Little Camas is located northeast of Mountain Home off Highway 20. People are encouraged to avoid recreating in or near the water.

If folks do decide to head to the reservoir they're encouraged to avoid swallowing or inhaling water and avoid direct contact with water containing visible algae. Drinking water from the reservoir is especially dangerous and the toxins cannot be removed by boiling or filtering the water. Children and pets are particularly susceptible to illness related to blue-green algae. If people choose to eat fish from the reservoir, it is recommended that they remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking since toxins are more likely to collect in those tissues.

Blue-green algae blooms occur in water with high levels of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, often during warmer weather months. The blooms are generally green or blue-green in color, and may form thick mats along shorelines. They may look like surface scum, resembling pea soup and can have an unpleasant odor.

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