The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County has issued an alert for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Bull Creek north of the Bull Creek Fish Camp.
This alert is in response to a water sample taken on May 30, according to a news release from the Department of Health.
The Health Department has advised residents and visitors to take the following precautions in and around Bull Creek:
- Do not drink, swim, wade, use personal watercraft, water ski or boat in waters where there is a visible bloom.
- Wash your skin and clothing with soap and water if you have contact with algae or discolored or smelly water.
- Keep pets away from the area. Waters where there are algae blooms are not safe for animals. Pets and livestock should have a different source of water when algae blooms are present.
- Do not cook or clean dishes with water contaminated by algae blooms. Boiling the water will not eliminate the toxins.
- Eating fillets from healthy fish caught in freshwater lakes experiencing blooms is safe. Rinse fish fillets with tap or bottled water, throw out the guts and cook fish well.
- Do not eat shellfish in waters with algae blooms.