Elevated levels of fecal bacteria prompts water quality advisories at three Alberta lakes

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Blue-green algae advisories

A blue-green algae advisory was also issued for Sturgeon Lake at both Williamson Provincial Park and Young’s Point Provincial Park Friday.

People who come in contact with blue-green algae blooms are advised to wash themselves with tap water as soon as possible. Contact with blue-green algae, or ingestion of water containing blue-green algae, may cause skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea.

“Exposure to blue-green algae may be fatal to pets,” AHS said, adding fish or fish trimmings from the lake should not be fed to pets.

Last week, AHS issued blue-green algae advisories for Pigeon Lake, Steele Lake, Vincent Lake, Fork Lake, Bear Lake, and Floatingstone Lake.

All advisories will remain in effect until further notice.

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