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Toxic algae at Lake San Antonio downgraded to "caution" level

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New signs are reportedly going up at Lake San Antonio after officials there say recent tests show toxic algae at the lake is no longer at a "dangerous" level.

Mark Sandoval, general manager of Monterey County Lakes Recreation Company, says Monterey County re-tested the algae and the results received Friday show it is now in the "caution" zone.

At the beginning of the month, health officials out of Monterey county were warning about the toxic algae at lake and were urging the public stay out of the water until further notice and to avoid any scum in the water or on shore.

Exposure to the toxic algae can cause rashes, eye irritation, mouth ulcers and cold and flu-like symptoms.

With the "caution" warning, people are now being advised of the following:

- It is OK to swim in the water, but stay away from algae and scum

- Do not drink the lake water or use it for cooking

- Keep children away from algae in the water or along the shore

- Keep pets and other animals out of the water, don't let them drink the water or eat scum on the shore

- Do not eat shellfish from the lake

- Any fish caught at the lake should be cleaned with tap or bottled water before cooking and the fish guts should be discarded

Anyone who gets sick after being in the water should seek medical help immediately. Pets who become ill after being at the lake should be taken to a veterinarian.

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Health officials warn of toxic algae at Lake San Antonio

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