Staff from Thurston County Public Health’s Water Quality division collected a blue-green algae sample from Lake Lawrence on Tuesday, June 23, with results expected soon.
“When there is an algae bloom present, we recommend extra precautions be taken to avoid the health risks posed by potential toxins,” the county said in an email update.
Residents and their livestock or pets are advised to not drink the lake water and to avoid contact with the water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, harmful algae blooms are known to produce toxins that have caused a variety of illnesses in people and animals. Blooms can be found in warm fresh, marine or brackish waters with abundant nutrients.
Symptoms include irritation of the skin, eyes, nose or throat, abdominal pain, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.