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DNR advises to avoid water with blue-green algae

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According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, some Iowa waters are showing signs of blue-green algae blooms.

The DNR advises people and pets should avoid waters with these blooms.

The appearance can be a pea-green or blue-green color, but sometimes reddish-brown, according to the DNR.

It may appear with scum, foam, or a thick mat on the water surface.

"We don't want to scare people, as this is a naturally occurring event. It happens every year in our lakes and rivers," said Mary Skopec with the DNR.

The main risk to people is skin irritations and rashes, but also could include headaches, nausea, seizures and respiratory problems.

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