Blue Green Algae Alert Issued for Willow Creek Lake

LINCOLN  (AP) - State officials have issued a health alert for Willow Creek Lake near Pierce in northeast Nebraska. Officials said in a news release Friday that water samples taken from the lake showed high levels of a toxin released by blue-green algae. The levels exceeded the state's threshold. Since May, the state has conducted weekly sampling at 47 public lakes in Nebraska. The state says the Willow Creek Lake alert is the first this year. Some types of toxic blue-green algae can produce dangerous toxins. People can still camp, fish and boat on lakes under an alert, but they should not have full-body contact with the water. Drinking toxin-tainted water can cause vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory failure and, rarely, death.