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Moose Lake falls victim to Blue-Green Algae bacteria

Alberta Health Services says Moose Lake is the latest to fall victim to Blue-Green Algae around the Lakeland. AHS is confirming that a bloom has been identified on the lake. Avoiding all contact with blue-green algae blooms is being recommended.

If contact does occur, wash with tap water as soon as possible. Blue-green algae is naturally occurring and often becomes visible when weather conditions are calm. Appearing like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of the water, blue-green algae can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, and/or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.

People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae or who ingest water containing the 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; however, all humans are at risk of these symptoms.

The advisory will stay in place until further notice. Any questions can be answered by calling Health Link at 811.

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