Algae toxin prompts warning at East Fork Lake in southwest Ohio

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BATAVIA (AP) -- An advisory has been issued for swimmers at East Fork Lake in southwest Ohio because of a toxin produced by blue-green algae.

The advisory recommends that visitors who are very young, elderly or have compromised immune systems avoid swimming or wading at the lake in Clermont County. The advisory applies to the main and campground beach. Officials say testing there found the toxin in concentrations higher than the levels at which it has been shown to affect the liver.

Similar recreational health advisories have been issued this year for beaches at Buckeye Lake, east of Columbus, and at Grand Lake St. Marys, between Dayton and Toledo.

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