blue-green algae, algae poisoning, cyanobacteria, ponds
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
“Scums” of blue-green algae may occur in stagnant ponds or dugouts following hot, dry, calm days. Animals may die suddenly (within minutes) after drinking water heavily contaminated with this scum. Blue-green algae (also called Cyanobacteria) occur naturally in many ponds. There are a number of different species: Some are harmless; some form toxins that affect the nervous system; others produce toxins that affect mainly the liver.
Extension Service, Cooperative, "Blue-Green Algae Poisoning" (2006). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 383.
Updated January 2006