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Health Warning On Lake Ellesmere Algae

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Health Warning On Lake Ellesmere Algae

Wellington, Feb 3 NZPA - People are being warned to stay out of Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury after a high concentration of algal bloom was found.

Canterbury District Health Board today issued a public health warning advising of high levels of the blue-green algae, or planktonic cyanobacteria.

Canterbury medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey said although the algal bloom was not very toxic, the high concentrations increased the chance of developing respiratory problems, irritation and allergies.

People are advised to stay out of the water until the warning is lifted, and should not drink water or eat fish from the lake.

Dr Humphrey said anyone experiencing symptoms after contact with the water should seek help from a doctor immediately. Animals should also be kept away from the lake, and should be taken to a vet immediately if they display any unusual symptoms.

 

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