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Interior Health says stay out of Wood Lake due to continuing algae bloom

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Interior Health has issued an update on its May warning about a dangerous algae bloom on Wood Lake in Lake Country.

"The blue-green algae bloom, which can look like a thick sludge in some parts of the lake, can cause the water to become dangerous to people, pets and livestock very quickly," Interior Health said in a news release issued today, June 4.

Interior Health is advising residents and visitors to not swim, bathe or let their animals go into the water.

READ MORE: Keep pets out of Wood Lake in Lake Country as algae bloom continues: IH

Swimming or drinking algae-bloom affected water can cause headaches, nausea, fever, muscle aches, mouth ulcers, red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea, according to the health authority.

Anyone experiencing any of those symptoms should seek medical help.

Additional information on blue-green algae is available at HealthLinkBC here or the Ministry of Environment’s Algae Watch website here.

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