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Permanent algae bloom advisory issued for South Umpqua River

Permanent algae bloom advisory issued for South Umpqua River (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - With temperatures climbing, Douglas County Health officials are asking everyone to be on the lookout for harmful algae in the Umpqua River.

The Oregon Health Authority has issued a permanent advisory for the South Umpqua River and Lawson Bar.

Puddles along the bedrock create blue-green algae that can have toxins that are harmful to pets and people.

"The toxin will be excreted in the system, so it won't last in your system forever," said Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, with Douglas County Public Health. "There's no special treatment for it, so again, the best treatment for this is prevention."

Dannenhoffer says that there have been animal deaths linked to the harmful algae. Dogs can show signs of neurological issues and vomiting.

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