PITTSBURGH, Pa. (KDKA)–Pittsburghers making the trek to Presque Isle State Park in Erie County be warned: it’s unsafe for dogs to swim there.
According to an advisory issued by the Erie County Health Department, harmful algal blooms exceed dog safety thresholds near:READ MORE: Several Fire Departments Called To 3-Alarm Fire At The Pleasant Bar
Presque Isle Marina
Niagara Boat Launch
Beach 1 West Extension
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Cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are microscopic organisms found naturally in surface water that can sometimes multiply to form harmful algal blooms which can produce extremely dangerous toxins that can cause illness or irritation, sometimes even death, in pets, livestock and humans.
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The advisories will remain in effect pending further tests.