September 2, 2014
RENO, NV - It's been two weeks since the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe first issued a water quality advisory regarding swimmers' itch at beach's along shallow areas of Pyramid Lake.
Hot weather is helping create the conditions that can leave swimmers with an unwelcome side effect from getting into the water, and it's expected to be a problem for the remainder of the summer.
So far the reports of swimmers' itch are coming from North and Southnets beach as well as Marina beach, but swimming or wading in any shallow area should be avoided.
Anyone getting into the water is advised to towel off or rinse off as soon as possible to limit exposure.
Since swimmers' itch is not a health risk, the lake will not be closed. But the Tribe says it will continue to monitor the situation, and is asking for the public's help.
If visitors to Pyramid Lake do experience symptoms of "swimmers itch" they are encouraged to please report it to the tribe by calling 888-225-2668.