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Algal Bloom Warning For Lake Tutira, Hawkes Bay


Algal bloom warning for Lake Tutira

Hawke's Bay District Health Board's Public Health Unit has issued a health warning following the discovery of cyanobacteria algal blooms in Lake Tutira, north of Napier.

Exposure to cyanobacteria and its toxins can have health effects, including severe skin rashes and stomach upsets, and can spark hay fever and asthma attacks.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Caroline McElnay, said that people should not swim in Lake Tutira, or pursue any other recreational activities which will involve significant contact with the lake water.

It is important that the water is not used for drinking or cooking purposes. Dog owners should also keep their dogs away from contact with the lake water.

"If you think you may have been in contact with the bloom and experience any of the symptoms (i.e. severe skin rash, stomach upset, hay fever or asthma attack) you should contact a doctor," Dr McElnay said. There is no specific treatment other than managing the symptoms.

Monitoring of the situation will continue over the holiday period, and signs are being erected at Lake Tutira.

To get the latest information ring the Public Health Unit "Safe Swimming Line".

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