A parasite that causes a week of itching has been found in one New York lake.

Pamphlets are being handed out warning visitors of Swimmer's Itch at Moreau Lake in Gansevoort, New York. The parasite found in lake water, causes an itchy rash that can last several days but does not require medical attention. It penetrates the skin but dies immediately, leaving behind red bumps and skin tenderness. The itch subsides after 10 to 15 hours and then intensifies.

Despite the parasite that two families have already reported coming into contact with, Parks agency spokesman Randy Simons tells the Times Union "We do not have any significant evidence that suggests Moreau Lake needs to close."

The state Department of Health is providing tips to avoid Swimmer's Itch.

  • Towel off thoroughly after getting out of the water
  • Avoid muddy or weedy spots in a lake
  • Don't let lake water dry on skin
  • Shower after swimming in lake water



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