Blue-green algae assessed from Picton Bay at the Prince Edward Yacht Club on August 1 has been deemed a health hazard, by the Prince Edward Hastings Counties Health Unit. Municipal drinking water systems, the health unit says, have not been affected.
“Blue-green algae can be harmful to animal and human health if ingested. It can also cause skin irritation following contact,” the health unit advises, noting this health alert is for those who draw drinking water directly from Picton Bay or swim, fish and play in this water.
Remnants of algae cells, which can cause rashes or mucous membrane irritation, or the toxins from a bloom may be present after the disappearance of a bloom.
The health unit advises:
Avoid use of water affected by blue-green algae:
Use alternate sources of drinking water for both people and animals.
Do not use the water for cooking.
Avoid skin contact with water including swimming, bathing and showering.
Try to keep pets or livestock from entering the affected water.
Do not eat the liver, kidney or other internal organs of fish or shellfish from affected water.
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