Toxic algae bloom spotted in Virginia lakes

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RICHMOND, VA. (WDBJ) -- Several dog owners from North Carolina, Georgia and Texas have reported their pets dying from algae exposure.

On Aug. 7, the Virginia Department of Health said the same toxic algae known as 'cyanobacteria' has been spotted in the counties of Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania County.

The harmful algae can cause skin rash and gastrointestinal illness, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The Department of Health advises the public avoid contact with the Upper and Middle Pamunkey Branches as well as the Upper and Middle North Anna Branches of Lake Anna.

Recent warm water conditions make favorable conditions for algae bloom.

Waters that are discolored or have scums that are green or blueish-green should be avoided because they likely contain toxins.

Find the information from the Virginia Department of Health, check here.