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Blue Green Algae Found In Echo Lake

Posted: 2019-10-17 09:36:10 By: hbr

Yesterday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit advised that a blue-green algae bloom has been confirmed in the east end of Echo Lake, in Lake of Bays.

The health unit advises that human or animal consumption of lake water in this area should be avoided.  The Health Unit says boiling the water will not destroy the toxins, and home treatment systems should not be relied on.

Exposure to blue-green algae, whether for drinking, swimming, cooking or through eating fish caught from the south-end of Geri Bay, may result in illness.

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