A batch of blue-green algae has bloomed once more, this time in sections of Clear Lake, East of Stavely.

Alberta Health services has issued a warning to lake-goers this weekend on August 25, warning them to avoid contact with the algae, which typically appears near the surface of the water, and ranges in colour from brownish-green, pinkish-green with shades of blue, and carries the odour of grass clippings.

Ingestion, or physical contact with water near the algae can cause a host of flu-like symptoms and skin irritations.

Alberta Health urges travellers to be mindful of pets and livestock as well, as they can also be harmed by consumption of water that has particles of algae in it.

AHS says areas in the Clear Lake in which the blue-green algae is not visible, can still be used for recreation, so long as water from the area is not being ingested.

 

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