The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has issued a warning of harmful blue-green algae for Callander Bay and Lake Bernard.
Authorities at the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks are unable to pinpoint exactly where the bloom is located due to numerous environmental factors. They advise residents of Callander Bay and Lake Bernard to use the water with caution.
The algae can cause skin irritation to the touch along with diarrhea and vomiting if ingested.
If you live near where a bloom was detected or where a bloom is visible, follow these safety measures:
- Do not use the water. This includes drinking, cooking, bathing, and brushing teeth. Note: Using a private water system or boiling the water will not destroy the toxins.
- Do not swim and avoid water sports when a bloom is present.
- If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water then rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove algae.
- Limit the amount of fish flesh you eat. Some toxins can build up in fish and shellfish. Do not eat the liver, kidneys and other organs. Be careful not to cut the organs when filleting.
- The Health Unit has not closed the beaches, but rather advises individuals that they need to take caution in the area.