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Polk County Dept. of Health LIFTS Health Alert for Scott Lake

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April 10, 2023

LAKELAND – The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has lifted the health alert issued on February 10, 2023, for the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Scott Lake at Fitzgerald Road Boat Ramp.

A health alert is lifted once follow-up water samples taken by the Department of Environmental Protection did not detect algal toxins or 30 days have elapsed since the last sampling date, 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.