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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Another health threat could be lurking at local lakes or ponds this summer.

The Missouri Department of Conservation spokesperson Denise Otto says blue-green algae blooms, also known as Cyanobacteria, are a serious health threat.

“Those are the ones that you hear about on the news that either cause harm to people or pets, especially livestock,” Otto says.

She says people exposed to this type of algae can experience vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory problems.

Livestock who drink from algae-infected ponds can suffer from seizures.

“There are certain blue-green algae toxins that can move through and actually kill a pet within 15 minutes,” Otto says

The best thing to do, Otto says, is to simply wait for the blue-green algae die off, but it can also be treated with chemicals that contain copper, such as cutrine plus or copper sulphate.

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