Blue-green algae alert for Lake Ivanhoe lifted by health officials

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has lifted a blue-green algae alert previously issued for Lake Ivanhoe.

Blue-green algal toxins were discovered at Lake Ivanhoe earlier recently and have since dissipated, according to a site visit and water samples taken from the site.

Health officials say the public may resume normal activities in and around Lake Ivanhoe, but because of the fluid and organic nature of algal blooms, it is possible that bloom conditions could return.

Blue-green algae is a type of bacteria that is common in Florida’s freshwater environments. A bloom occurs when rapid growth of algae leads to an accumulation of individual cells that discolor water and often produce floating mats that emit unpleasant odors. Many types of blue-green algae can produce toxins.

If you have other health questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms, or if you would like to report the presence of them, please call the Florida Department of Health in Orange County Algal Bloom Information Line at 407-723-5216 or visit the Algal Bloom monitoring and response webpage.

Most Popular

Osceola police raid reported drug home in Kissimmee

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office recently raided a home in Kissimmee after receiving reports from the community that it was a front for drugs.

XFL announces quarterbacks for Orlando Guardians

The quarterbacks have been announced for the Orlando Guardians, the new XFL team that will kick off its inaugural season on February 18, 2023.

Sanford foster parent gets 170 years in prison for sex abuses with at least 18 children

A 48-year-old Sanford foster parent was sentenced to 170 years in federal prison for molesting children and recording sexual abuses with at least 18 victims that were under his foster care.

Osceola High School student stabbed to death by 17-year-old

A 17-year-old was arrested after a 16-year-old Osceola High School girl was found stabbed to death at a Kissimmee apartment complex on Thursday morning.

Former Belle Isle mayor asking for volunteers to help demolish dock, boathouse

The former mayor of Belle Isle is asking local residents to help he and his wife demolish their dock and boathouse that was destroyed during the last two hurricanes.

Orlando man wins $1 million from scratch-off

A 44-year-old Orlando man claimed a $1 million prize from a scratch-off he purchased at a local convenience store.
overcast clouds
63.5 ° F
66.9 °
60 °
96 %
100 %
75 °
76 °
76 °
81 °
84 °