Blue Green Algae in Brandy Lake

Blue Green Algae in Brandy Lake

Posted: 2020-07-30 07:46:31 By: thebay

Residents and visitors are being cautioned about a confirmed blue-green algae bloom located in the north end of Brandy Lake in Muskoka Lakes. (Falkenburg Road and Brackenrig Road area).

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

  • do not use the lake water for the preparation of infant formula
  • do not allow pets or livestock to drink or swim in the water where an algae bloom is visible
  • be cautious about eating fish caught in water where blue-green algae blooms occur
  • do not use herbicides, copper sulphate or other algaecides that may break open algae cells and release toxins into the water
  • avoid swimming and other water sport activities where an algae bloom is visible.

Many species of blue-green algae (also called cyanobacteria) 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.