by Danielle Kaeding,

courtesy of Harmful Algal Blooms Program/Wis. Dept. of Health Services

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has developed the state’s first set of signs to warn beachgoers about blue-green algae blooms.

The algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce toxins that might make people or animals sick.

The signs relay information about what harmful blooms look like and what people should do if they spot them, according to Amanda Koch, an epidemiologist with a focus on waterborne diseases for the agency’s Division of Public Health. She said there was a perceived need for the signs among public health officials statewide.

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