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Waterfront residents at Peninsula Lake cautioned about algae bloom

Sep 19, 2017
HUNTSVILLE — Residents around Peninsula Lake are being cautioned about a potential blue-green algae bloom.

HUNTSVILLE — Residents around Peninsula Lake are being cautioned about a potential blue-green algae bloom.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says illness can result from exposure to blue-green algae, whether for drinking, swimming, bathing, cooking, washing or through eating fish caught from the lake. Affected residents are being asked not to use the water for drinking or food preparation, including breastmilk substitute (infant formula).

Swimming and other water sport activities should also be avoided in areas where algae is visible.

The bloom has not been confirmed by testing. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has collected water samples that are currently being analyzed. Because wind and water currents can change the location of algae blooms, the caution is being issued around the entire lake.

Blue-green algae are capable of producing toxins that can be harmful to humans and animals. Boiling the water will not destroy the toxins, and home treatment systems should not be relied on.

Blooms may make the water look bluish-green, or like green pea soup or turquoise paint.

Symptoms from consuming toxins from a blue-green algae bloom can include headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and can be more serious if water is swallowed in large quantities.

To learn more about blue-green algae visit the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org, or call Health Connection weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

 

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