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

Aug 02, 2013
RAMARA TOWNSHIP – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding residents of Lagoon City to avoid activities that involve the use of canal water following the identification of a blue-green algae bloom.

RAMARA TOWNSHIPThe Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding residents of Lagoon City to avoid activities that involve the use of canal water following the identification of a blue-green algae bloom.

 

While many forms of blue-green algae are harmless, exposure to some forms can produce toxins that can be harmful to the health of people and their pets. It’s recommended that people avoid all contact with canal water, including those activities that may result in inadvertent exposure, such as irrigating lawns and watering gardens. Symptoms of illness 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.

 

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 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

 

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