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High levels of blue-green algae at West Lake

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The Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit is advising the public of harmful levels of blue-green algae in West Lake, Prince Edward County.

Blue-green algae can be harmful to animal and human health if ingested. It can also cause skin irritation following contact. Remnants of algae cells, which can cause rashes or mucous membrane irritation, or the toxins from a bloom may be present after the disappearance of a bloom.

“Blue-green algae are a natural occurrence and residents are reminded that it is best to avoid use of the water when the algae are present,” said Senior Public Health Inspector Andrew Landy. “It is important to note that municipal drinking water systems have not been affected.”

If you draw drinking water directly from this location or swim/fish/play in this water:

Use alternate sources of drinking water for both people and animals.
Do not use the water for cooking.
Avoid skin contact with water (swimming, bathing and showering).
Keep pets or livestock from entering the affected water.
Do not eat the liver, kidney or other internal organs of fish or shellfish from affected water.

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  1. Lynn Gates says:

    How much does a human have to ingest to become ill? I was hoping to go windsurfing on West Lake.

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