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Alberta Health Issues Another Blue-green Algae Advisory.


CLARESHOLM:  For the second time this month, Alberta Health is warning about Blue-green algae in southern Alberta water


This time, it's for the Twin Valley Reservoir, which runs along the border of the County of Vulcan and the MD of Willow Creek.


Those living in the area or visiting the area of the Reservoir are warned to take precautions:


-- DO NOT DRINK WATER from or allow your pets to drink water from the reservoir. Boiling contaminated water does not remove toxins. Provide an alternative source of drinking water for pets and livestock. Water containing Blue-green algae should NOT be used to water garden vegetables.

-- DO NOT SWIM OR WADE or allow your pets in the reservoir.... and you should limit consumption of fish from the reservoir. Blue-green algae produces a toxin that can cause serious illness.


-- Limit Consumption of fish from water ways which contain blue-green algae.

Blue-green algae produce a toxin (poison) that can cause serious illness to animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with water containing this toxin. Although weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the reservoir to another, the toxin can stay in the water even after algae have moved or disappeared.


The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.


People who come in contact with or ingest water containing toxic blue-green algae may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced because they spend more time in the water and are more likely to accidentally ingest contaminated water.


People who consume contaminated water can develop more serious illnesses, such as liver damage, over time.


If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae, or if you require further information on blue-green algae, please call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).


A similar Warning issued for the Travers Reservoir southeast of Vulcan on August 15th, is also still in effect.

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 4/15/2014 2:53:50 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News
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