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Abiquiú Lake Closed

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The Cerrito Day-Use Recreation Area at Abiquiú Lake is closed until levels of blue-green algae in the reservoir "no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals," the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials closed Abiquiú Lake Tuesday after they discovered a blue-green algae bloom in the reservoir, a press release states.

The Cerrito Day-Use Recreation area, boat ramp and swim beach are closed, but the Rio Chama Day-Use Area remains open.

“The closure will last until levels no longer pose an increased threat to humans and animals,” the press release states.

A blue-green algae bloom can cause adverse health effects in humans and animals.

It can cause blisters, hives and rashes if it comes in contact with the skin, the release states. Inhaling it can cause runny eyes and nose, sore throat and asthma-like and allergic reactions.

If water with the algae is swallowed, the press release states, it can cause stomach issues, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

“In humans, symptoms can include numb lips, tingling fingers and toes, dizziness and in extremely rare cases death,” the release states.

The algae can cause dogs to drool, become weak, stagger, have difficulty breathing, convulse and die.

For more information, people can go to the Corps’ website at www.spa.usace.army.mil.

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