Brandy Lake Hit With Blue Green Algae
Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the west end of Brandy Lake, in Muskoka Lakes.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit warns that 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.
The health unit is advising residents around the west end of Brandy Lake, to avoid using the lake water for drinking or food preparation. 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 west end of Brandy Lake 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.