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Toronto, Jul 17 (Canadian-Media): Confirmation of the presence of blue-green algae blooms at the mouth of Mimico Creek and in Humber Bay Park East had been received by Toronto Public Health (TPH) from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, media reports said.
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Water samples taken and tested by the Ministry indicated the presence of blue-green algae.
Cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae occurs naturally in a wide variety of environments including ponds, rivers, lakes and streams.
These are reportedly easily visible plant-like organisms that can range in colour from olive-green to red and should be avoided due to the potential health risks associated with it.
Some species of blue-green algae produce toxins that are harmful to the health of humans and animals.
Adverse health effects are mainly caused by drinking and coming into contact with water that is contaminated with blue-green algae toxins.
Exposure to blue-green algae toxins, if present in sufficient amounts, can cause symptoms including: Headaches; Fever; Diarrhoea; Abdominal pain; Nausea or vomiting; Skin rashes; and Mucous membrane irritation
Residents are encouraged by TPH to take precautions when visiting this part of the Toronto waterfront as beaches in this area are not regularly monitored for water quality or supervised by lifeguards.
Public is asked not enter the water in this section of Mimico Creek and to avoid contact with or ingestion of the water.
Pets should also not allowed by the residents to enter the water in Mimico Creek.
Individuals who come into contact with the water should wash themselves off as soon as possible with clean water.
If any of the above symptoms are experienced following a potential exposure to blue-green algae, a health care provider should immediately be contacted.