UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The harmful algal bloom in Utah Lake is growing prompting the health department to post advisories for the “majority of the lake,” the Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday.
DEQ says sample results from the past week show cell count concentrations are “spreading and increasing in density.”
Officials say the tests confirm small amounts of toxin, but below levels that warrant a complete closure of the lake.
Salt Lake County has inspected ponds tied to the Jordan River and it says the bloom is not in the Jordan River.
Utah Poison Control received more than 30 calls about the algae since it returned this summer.
These blooms consist of bacteria that poses risks to humans, wildlife, domestic animals and fish.
Symptoms of exposure
• abdominal pain
• nausea and vomiting
• sometimes allergic-like reactions from skin contact
For concerns about possible human exposure, call the Utah Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222, or your physician.