A new toxin has been found in algae blooms in Owasco Lake, the Cayuga County Health Department said.
In a news release, the department said a previously undetected toxin, homo-anatoxin, was found in algae samples near Indian Cove and Buck Point.
The department has previously found a more common type of toxin, microcystins, in the lake.
"Both of these HAB toxins, microcystin and anatoxin, can cause adverse health effects in animals and humans if ingested at high concentrations," the release said.
County health Commissioner Kathleen Cuddy declined to discuss the health effects of homo-anatoxin this morning, saying she was waiting for more information from the state Department of Health.
"I have some information, but I want to be complete in any information I give out," Cuddy said.