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Polk County Health officials lift health alert for Lake Hamilton

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Health Alert Has Been Lifted After Recent Sample Results

LAKE HAMILTON – The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has lifted the health alert issued on May 24, 2022 for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Lake Hamilton East (Sample Park). Follow-up water samples taken by the Department of Environmental Protection did not detect algal toxins, indicating the public may resume water-related activities.

It is important that the public exercise caution and good judgement. Blue-green algae blooms can move around or subside and then reappear when conditions are favorable again. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid contact with the water if blooms are observed. The latest sample results can be viewed on ProtectingFloridaTogether.gov. Report symptoms from exposure to a harmful algal bloom or any aquatic toxin to the Florida Poison Information Center. Call 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison specialist.