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Algae warnings lifted at two lakes

If it's Fish Lake and it's in Southern Oregon, the water's fine.

That's the word from state health officials, who on Monday lifted blue-green algae advisories at Fish Lake in Jackson County and a body of water with the same name in Douglas County.

Tests at both lakes confirmed that the levels of blue-green algae in the water are not likely to be dangerous, according to a news release from the state Department of Human Services.

An algae advisory had been in effect at the Jackson County lake, just west of Lake of the Woods, since Aug. 9. The Douglas County advisory had been in effect since July 19.

The two are just the latest Southern Oregon lakes to be affected by algae advisories this summer. Others include Lost Creek Lake, Diamond Lake, Lemolo Lake and Willow Lake. Advisories have been lifted at all.

When advisories are in effect, health officials advise the public to avoid contact with the water.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms such as numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen.

No one in Oregon has proven to be sick from exposure to the algae. A dog died last summer after it consumed algae-laced water along the Umpqua River near Elkton.