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Ararat’s Alexandra Lake contaminated by blue-green algae

Ararat's Alexandra Lake is contaminated by blue-green algae.

Ararat’s Alexandra Lake is contaminated by blue-green algae.

Ararat residents and visitors have been warned to steer clear of Alexandra Lake, which is contaminated by toxic blue-green algae.
Ararat Rural City Council health officers have urged people to avoid direct contact with the contaminated water, including fish and crustaceans found in the lake.
Direct contact with blue-green algae can cause skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose, or – if swallowed – gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting.
The algae produces neurotoxins which can be fatal to dogs and other animals if ingested.
Dogs can be attracted by the strong ‘earthy’ smell.
Pet owners should also prevent pets from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water.
People who come in to contact with contaminated water should wash in fresh water immediately and seek medical advice if they fall ill as a result.
Pet owners should seek vet advice if animals come into direct contact with the contaminated water.
Water from the affected lake should not be used for drinking, cooking or other domestic uses.
Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for use.
The council will monitor the lake with regular testing, and will advise the public when conditions change.
People can call the council’s health department on 5355 0226 for more information.

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Posted on Feb 25 2016

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