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Department of Health in Lee County issues health alert for Caloosahatchee's - Alva Boat Ramp and Davis Boat Ramp

Posted at 3:33 PM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 20:07:12-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH) is issuing a health alert for the Caloosahatchee – Alva Boat Ramp and Davis Boat Ramp based on reports of algae toxins.

When blue-green toxins are detected, DOH recommends individuals avoid contact with the water. Blue-green algae can cause gastrointestinal effects if swallowed. Children and pets are especially vulnerable, so keeping them away from the water during a bloom is especially important.

Additional information on blue-green algae is available on the Department of Health’s website.

DEP, the five water management districts, DOH, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services all work together to respond to algal blooms.

DEP has been closely monitoring and testing algal blooms and will continue to respond to any new reports.