Health department to post signs at lake with algae bloom

Orlando lake under health department investigation

Published On: Nov 20 2012 05:44:35 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 20 2012 06:46:08 PM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

The Orange County Health Department is investigating an algae bloom at a lake that has residents feeling the side effects of what they say is a horrendous, eye-watering smell.

Local 6 first reported about the Lake Buchanan algae bloom last week. After Local 6's report, the health department took samples of the water and now they're posted signs around the lake telling residents to stay away.

The lake is near Holden Avenue and Rio Grande Avenue just off I-4.

Health officials said during blooms like this dermatitis, skin irritation, runny eyes and nose, sore throat, asthma-like symptoms and allergic reactions have been reported. Side effects of ingested a toxic bloom can result in abdominal pain, vomiting, liver, kidney and neurotoxicity with possible severe health effects, according to a release.

Health officials also recommended the following procedures to keep residents safe: