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Testing confirms presence of toxins in lake algae

Friday, August 9, 2019 by Tai Moses

With the testing of lake water samples, the city of Austin has confirmed that the blue-green algae present in Lady Bird Lake does indeed contain neurotoxins that are harmful both to animals and to humans. Signs have been posted around the lake warning of the dangers and advising pet owners to keep their dogs out of the lake. Three dogs died last week shortly after swimming in Lady Bird Lake. City officials say dogs should not be allowed to drink the lake water or have any contact with the algae and that “everyone should minimize their exposure to Lady Bird Lake water.” Red Bud Isle, where up to 40 percent of the water surface is covered with clumps of the algae, has been closed.

This whisper has been corrected. We originally reported that the algae was “releasing” neurotoxins, which is incorrect.

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