Blue-green algae found at Orange County lake; health alert issued

Health alert issued for Lake Olivia

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health said blue-green algae has been found in an Orange County lake.

Officials said a health alert was issued for Lake Olivia near Gotha Road and Hempel Avenue for the presence of microcystin toxin.

FDOH is reminding the public to not drink, swim, water ski or boat in the discolored water. 

Signs were posted around Lake Olivia to alert nearby residents.

"We're definitely going to stay out of the water, stay off the jet skiing," said Jack Cleghorn, who lives nearby. "We may have to make sure (our dogs) don't get down there. I'm not sure if it's a concern for pets or not, but I'm not going to take the chance."

Anyone who comes in contact with blue-green algae is urged to wash their skin and clothing with soap and water.