EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services is warning residents living around Wizard Lake of blue-green algae in the water.
The algae can produce a poison that can cause serious illness in animals or humans who drink or have skin contact with water containing it.
People are advised to take the following precautions against blue-green algae:
- Do not drink water directly from (or allow your pets to) from this lake – boiling the contaminated water won’t remove toxins.
- Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to) in this lake.
- Avoid contact with blue-green algae along the shoreline.
- Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.
- People may wish to limit their own consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake, as fish may store toxins in their liver.
- People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake.
Wizard Lake is located about 50 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.
It is one of several Alberta lakes containing the toxic blue-green algae. Others include Pigeon Lake, Coal Lake, Lake Isle, Baptiste Lake, and Muriel Lake.
You can learn more about blue-green algae below:
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