Public health advisory issued for swimming in Pittsfield

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While it might be a beautiful weekend for swimming, residents in Pittsfield need to watch which lake they’re heading to.  

The City of Pittsfield is issuing a public health advisory for Pontoosuc Lake, after recent algae test results have confirmed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom.

As recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, residents are being ask to follow these guidelines:

*do not swim.

*do not swallow water.

*keep animals away.

*rinse off after contact with water.

There could be side effects from coming in contact with this water including skin irritation, muscle cramps, or vomiting.

If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms, contact your health care provider or Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.