Lake on SIU campus closed due to toxic algae

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CARBONDALE - Southern Illinois University officials are cautioning the public to avoid skin contact with water from the campus' lake due to toxic algae.

University officials say the algae is naturally occurring in the lake, and is the same kind that prompted the closure of Evergreen Reservoir and Piles Fork Creek in Carbondale.  Warning signs have been posted around the lake.

According to university officials, contact with the water can cause skin rashes, and animals who swim in the lake or drink the lake's water could become ill.  The algae will dissipate as temperatures cool and the lake's water is naturally replaced.

Southern Illinois University's vice chancellor for administration and finance Kevin Bame says it is unknown how long the lake will be closed.
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