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Blue Green Algae Confirmed In Three Mile Lake

Posted: 2021-10-07 09:58:29 By: thebay

Residents and visitors to the south shoreline of Three Mile Lake, in Muskoka Lakes are being cautioned about a confirmed blue-green algae bloom.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is asking residents and visitors to exercise caution where blue-green algae is visible.

The health unit recommends that you not use the lake water for the preparation of infant formula, or allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible.  As well, be cautious about eating fish caught in water where blue-green algae blooms occur.  Avoid swimming and other water sport activities where an algae bloom is visible.

Many species of blue-green algae have the potential to produce toxins that are harmful to the health of humans and animals.

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.