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Health Unit Warns Of Blue-Green Algae Bloom In Bass Lake

Posted: 2019-10-25 12:32:00 By: hbr

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has been advised by the Ministry of Environment (MECP) that laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of a blue-green algae bloom in the northern end of Bass Lake in Muskoka Lakes Twp.

The blooms 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 to avoid using the lake water for drinking or food preparation, warning that boiling the water will not destroy the toxins, and home treatment systems should not be relied upon.

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.