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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Toxic algae found in Windermere

ENVIRONMENTAL officers have issued a warning after evidence of a potentially toxic algae was found in Windermere.

The Environment Agency detected blue-green algae at Miller Ground and Windermere Steamboat Museum pier.

The agency said anyone using lakes, rivers and reservoirs should treat all blue green algae blooms with caution and contact should be avoided because skin rashes and illness may occur if the water is swallowed.

Farmers and pet owners should prevent livestock and animals coming into contact or drinking the affected water, as it can sometimes prove fatal for animals.

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