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Barry-Eaton District Health Dept. updates public health advisory for Charlton Park Beach

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BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Barry-Eaton District Health Department has updated a public health advisory concerning Historic Charlton Park Beach, at Thornapple Lake.

According to a release from BEDHD, water samples have shown that the amount of toxin at the beach were not at a level that would be a threat to health.

The advisory stems from a warning received by the department earlier this week, regarding a suspicious looking algae scum at the beach.

These harmful blooms can cause skin and eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, and some respiratory problems, in humans, with more severe consequences to pets.

The BEDHD collected water samples for analysis, and determined that while toxin levels are low, but want to warn that the amount could change quickly.

In the interim, the department recommends that people and pets not enter the water, especially where blue-green algae is visible.

The department also offered a series of tips for those who would enter the water:

  • Avoid water that looks like spilled paint, has surface scums or films, is discolored or has colored streaks, and/or has green globs floating below the surface.
  • Avoid swallowing water.
  • Rinse off with clean water as soon as possible after swimming.
  • Keep pets out of the water. If they enter the water, rinse them off immediately after; do not let them drink the water or lick algae off their coats.
  • Know that water spray contact on skin or breathing/inhaling water droplets, which may happen when boating or jet skiing, may cause health problems.

Newschannel 3 will continue to monitor this situation as it develops.

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