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Corps warns of potential health hazard at W.Va. lake

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is warning visitors to Sutton Lake about a bloom of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to small children and animals.

Swimming at the South Abutment Beach at the lake in Sutton is not permitted, but the beach and its facilities are open to the public. Caution posters have been posted warning visitors about the bloom.

Children are most at risk to the toxins’ adverse effects, which can range from rashes and hay-fever-like symptoms to vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory distress.

The Corps plans to increase the outflow at Sutton Dam over a four-hour period Friday to try to dilute toxins to safe levels.

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