Blue-green algae present in Red Deer Lake near Wanup
Another Sudbury lake has tested positive for potentially toxic blue-green algae.
The Sudbury & District Health Unit said results from samples taken June 30 from Red Deer Lake near Wanup are positive for a species of cyanobacteria that can produce toxins.
Blue-green algae blooms could also appear in other parts of the lake, the health unit said.
McFarlane Lake in the city's south end, and Whitson Lake in Val Caron also tested positive for blue-green algae this week.
Blue-green algae blooms have an unsightly pea soup appearance and foul smell. Residents should avoid using or drinking water from areas where blooms are visible, the health unit said.
The highest concentrations of toxins are usually found in blooms and scum on the shoreline, and these dense accumulations pose the greatest potential risks to people and pets,the health unit said.
The algae toxins can irritate a person's skin and, if ingested, cause diarrhea and vomiting. If a person ingests high levels of toxins, they could suffer liver and nervous system damage.