Health alert issued due to toxic algae at Wagon Train Lake

State health officials on Friday issued a health alert due to the presence of toxic algae at Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County. 
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State health officials on Friday issued a health alert due to the presence of toxic algae at Wagon Train Lake in Lancaster County.

Samples taken earlier in the week for Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), also known as toxic blue-green algae, were above the health alert threshold, officials said.

This is the first alert of the 2020 recreational season.

When a health alert is issued, signs are posted to advise the public to use caution, and designated swimming beaches are closed during the alert.

Recreational boating and fishing are permitted, but the public should avoid full-body contact activities that could lead to swallowing the water, such as swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing.

Officials say to not let pets get in the water or drink from the lake. People can still use the public areas for camping, picnics and other outdoor activities.

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