Less lakes are becoming swimmer-friendly in northern Alberta.
Blue-green algae is naturally occurring in the region and is causing some problems.
People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae, or who ingest water containing blue-green algae, may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea.
"Symptoms usually resolve in one to two days," said Chris Sikora, Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services.
Lakes and ponds are being tested all the time by Alberta Health Services, some of the reported infected lakes are Hastings Lake, Floatingstone Lake, Isle Lake, Miquelon Lake, Lac La Nonne, Wizard Lake, Jackfish Lake and Lac La Biche Lake.
If there is a blue-green algae advisory for a body of water you plan on visiting, take these precautions:
- Avoid all contact with blue-green algae blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.
- Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to) in any areas where blue-green algae is visible.
- Consider limiting human consumption of fish from the lake.
If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae call Health Link at 811.
A full list of blue-green algae advisories can be found here.

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