Blue-green algae advisory issued for Hastings Lake

Alberta Health Services has issued a blue-green algae advisory for Hastings Lake in Strathcona County.

Blue-green algae can produce a toxin that may cause serious illness to animals and humans. Although weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another,… the toxin can stay in the water even after algae has moved or disappeared. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Residents and visitors to the lake are advised to take the following precautions:

— Do not drink water directly from the lake. Boiling contaminated lake water will not remove toxins, nor is it safe for pets or livestock.

— Do not swim or allow pets to swim or wade in the lake.

— Avoid contact with blue-green algae along the shoreline.

— Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from the lake to pets. People may also want to limit consumption of fish from the lake.

People who come in contact with or ingest water containing 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.

People who consume contaminated water as a primary source for drinking water can develop more serious illnesses, such as liver damage, over time.

Hastings Lake is located about 45 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.


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