A blue-green algae bloom has been found in Lake Nipissing at Marathon Beach in North Bay and Centennial Park Beach in Callander.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit says species of the algae capable of producing toxins were confirmed by the laboratory of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

The toxins in harmful algae can irritate the skin and, if swallowed, cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Signs have been posted that say drinking, swimming and other contact with the water is not recommended.

If you live near where the bloom was detected or where a bloom is visible, the Health Unit suggests following these safety measures:
– Do not use the water. This includes drinking, cooking, bathing, and brushing teeth. Note: Using a private water system or boiling the water will not destroy the toxins.
– Do not swim and avoid water sports where a bloom is present.
– If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water then rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae.
– Limit the amount of fish flesh you eat. Some toxins can build up in fish and shellfish. Do not eat the liver, kidneys and other organs. Be careful not to cut the organs when filleting.


Photo courtesy Municipality of Callander Facebook page



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