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Blue Green Algae In Dee Bank Area Of Three Mile Lake

Posted: 2019-08-29 15:20:12 By: hbr

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has confirmed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the Dee Bank area of Three Mile Lake.

The Health Unit says wind and water currents can change the location of algae blooms, which may make the water look bluish-green, or like green pea soup, or turquoise paint. Swimming and other water sport activities should also be avoided in areas where a blue-green algae bloom is visible.

Residents around the Dee Bank area of the lake should avoid using the lake water for drinking or food preparation, including infant formula.  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 area, 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.