Blue-Green Algae has been spotted in Wapasu Lake
With summer typically comes the reappearance of blue-green algae, and a blue-green algae bloom has been identified in areas of Wapasu Lake.
Visitors to the lake are advised to avoid all contact with blue-green algae blooms. Alberta Health Services says that If contact occurs, to wash with tap water as soon as possible.
Other cautionary measures include to not swim or wade or allow pets to swim or wade in any areas where blue-green algae is visible.
A.H.S. reminds the public that boiling of the water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae. A.H.S. recommends finding an alternate source of drinking water for pets and livestock while this advisory is active.
Symptoms of contact with blue-green algae include skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced; however, all humans are at risk of these symptoms.