Swain County Health Department


NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) has identified an algal bloom located on Old 288 in Lake Fontana. Predominant bloom species has been identified as Anabaena species, a known toxin-producing harmful alga in North Carolina. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following steps to safeguard pets and children from harmful cyanobacterial (blue-green algal) blooms:

• Keep children and pets away from waters that appear discolored or scummy.
• Do not handle or touch large accumulations ("scums" or mats) of algae.
• Do not water ski or jet-ski over algal mats.
• Do not use scummy water for cleaning or irrigation.
• If you accidently come into contact with an algal bloom, wash thoroughly with soap and water.
• If your pet appears to stumble, stagger, or collapse after being in a pond, lake or river, seek veterinary care immediately.
• If your child appears ill after being in waters containing a bloom, seek medical care immediately.

If you are unsure whether or not a bloom is present, it is best to stay out of the water.

The Swain County Health Department provides many services to residents of Swain County and surrounding areas. The Health Department has a full- time staff consisting of the Health Director, Public Health Nurses, Environmental Health Specialists, Nutritionist, Health Educator, Social Worker, Management Support Staff and Family Nurse Practitioner.









Our Mission

"The Mission of the Swain County Health Department is to provide compassionate, individualized quality health care by a caring professional staff, specifically trained to meet the special health care needs of all our citizens and to continually monitor, anticipate, and respond to community health problems with emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and accessibility."

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Health Department
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address:
545 Center Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Alison Cochran, Director

Phone 828-488-3198x2002
Fax 828-488-8672


Office Hours:
7:45 am – 4:45 pm
Monday – Friday