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Warning about potentially lethal blue-green algae in river and lakes

PUBLISHED: 08:49 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 25 July 2018

Blue-green algae in Whitlingham Little Broad, 2003. PHOTO: Steve Adams

Blue-green algae in Whitlingham Little Broad, 2003. PHOTO: Steve Adams

The public has been warned to stay away from potentially lethal blue-green algae.

The Environment Agency has found the dangerous substance at locations including the River Waveney, Neatishead Staithe and North Walsham Staithe.

It advises keeping pets and children away from the water and avoiding skin contact with the water or algae.

Environment Agency Anglia posted on Twitter: “Animal exposure to toxic blue-green algae can be fatal.

“Report it to our 24-hour hotline 0800 807060.”

In hot dry weather there is an increased risk of blue-green algal blooms occurring in rivers, streams and lakes.

Scums can form during calm weather which can look like paint, mousse or small clumps.

It can produce toxins which can kill wild animals, livestock and pets as well as harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.

Algal blooms also use up vital oxygen in the water.

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