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Blue-green algae appears on two Sudbury lakes

People in Greater Sudbury are being warned not to use or drink water from two lakes.
A sign warning of algae blooms didn't scare Sudburians away from Kalmo Beach off Whitson Lake on Thursday. (Erik White/CBC )

People in Greater Sudbury are being warned not to use or drink water from two lakes.

McFarlane Lake in the city's south end, and Whitson Lake in Val Caron have tested positive for blue-green algae.

The local health unit says the pea soup-like toxins can irritate skin, and cause vomiting or diarrhea.

If a person ingests a high level of the toxins, the health unit says liver and nervous system damage could result.

It advises people to avoid the lakes as long as blue-green algae blooms are visible.
Blue-green algae blooms can produce toxins that can irritate skin or cause diarrhea and vomiting. (CBC)

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