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Toledo says not to drink water due to possible algae bloom toxin
Residents in Ohio's fourth-largest city told to drink bottled water after tests revealed a toxin possibly related to algae on Lake Erie
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Satellite image of past algae blooms in western Lake Erie.
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Gov. John Kasich has declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard to get water to the city of Toledo, after tests revealed a toxin possibly related to algae on Lake Erie.

Two test samples contained levels of microcystin above the standard for consumption.

Toledo city officials are saying not to drink or even touch the water, and boiling will actually increase the toxin's concentration.  The warning extends to about 400,000 people in or near the city.

Most stores near Toledo, and over the border in Michigan, are out of bottled water, or are limiting purchases.

The city’s zoo and libraries are closed for the day, and city officials are strongly suggesting restaurants close as well.

Consuming the tainted water could result in vomiting, diarrhea and other problems. It's not known how long the advisory will be in effect. More tests are currently being run.
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It's microcystin, not microsystin


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