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LETHBRIDGE:  Blue-green algae is currently present in the waters of Travers Reservoir, located southeast of Vulcan. Alberta Health cautions residents living near the shores of the reservoir, as well as visitors to the reservoir, to take the following precautions:


-- DO NOT DRINK WATER from or allow your pets to drink water from this reservoir. Boiling contaminated water does not remove toxins from the water. Provide an alternative source of drinking water for pets and livestock.

-- DO NOT SWIM OR WADE or allow your pets to swim or wade in this reservoir.

-- AVOID CONTACT with blue-green algae along the shoreline.

-- Limit Consumption of fish from this reservoir.

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).

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4/18/2014 5:20:49 AM
Source: Alberta Health Bulletin
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