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Public Service Announcement

Health unit issues water reminder as a result of blue-green algae bloom

Jul 30, 2015
BARRIE – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding people to avoid activities involving the use of water at Little Lake in Barrie and Township of Springwater following the identification of a blue-green algae bloom.

BARRIE The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding people to avoid activities involving the use of water at Little Lake in Barrie and Township of Springwater following the identification of a blue-green algae bloom.

While many forms of blue-green algae are harmless, some forms can produce toxins that can be harmful to the health of people and their pets. This means that exposure to the water, whether for drinking, swimming, bathing, cooking, washing or eating fish caught from the lake, can result in illness. Symptoms can include headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. The effects can be more serious if water is swallowed in large quantities. Swimming in the water can cause itchy and irritated eyes. The municipal water system is not affected and is safe for use.

Blue-green algae blooms naturally occur in fresh water lakes, bays and inlets, usually during warmer weather in late summer and early fall. They thrive where water is shallow, slow moving and warm, but may also be present below the surface in deeper cooler water.

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

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