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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is warning Michigan residents to avoid foam on Michigan lakes and rivers that have per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the water.

PFAS are manmade chemicals that can build up in the water and are resistant to oil and water. PFAS foam rests on the surface of the water and can be identified as sticky, bright white, usually lightweight, tends to pile up like shaving cream and can blow on the beach, officials said.

Officials say that PFAS could pose a health risk, especially if the foam is swallowed.

PFAS do not move easily through the skin, but MDHHS officials say repeated, prolonged whole-body contact with PFAS foam could create a health risk. Repeated prolonged exposure is considered three hours a day, five days a week over three months of the year according to MDHHS.

‘Although, current science indicates PFAS does not move easily through the skin, it’s best to rinse off foam after contact and bathe or shower after the day’s outdoor activities,’ said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. ‘None of this information changes recommendations for water use at home’…”