Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are commonly found as individual cells, clumps, filaments or large mats in Florida's lakes, rivers and estuaries. Cyanobacteria can grow and accumulate, or bloom, when environmental conditions such as light availability and temperature are favorable. Other conditions that contribute to blooms are stagnant water resulting from a lack of natural flushing and land clearing. Currently there are NO toxic condition concerns from the algae. Nevertheless do NOT swallow or inhale water. If you or your animals accidentally come in contact with the blue-green algae mat, wash that area with fresh water and soap after skin contact. Wash animals' fur thoroughly before the animal starts to groom themselves.
The Florida Department of Health’s Aquatic Toxins Program
Website (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/aquatic/cyanobacteria.htm) provides more information on cyanobacteria and their toxins related to human health.
More information on cyanobacteria blooms, their toxins and
public health effects can also be found on the health department website (http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/cyanobacteria.html