A Public Health Advisory has been issued for a series of lakes west of Prince George. Northern Health is investigating apparent blue-green algae blooms in West Lake, Bednesti Lake, Berman Lake and Nulki Lake.
Northern Health is advising against drinking, cooking or swimming in the water. And it says pets and livestock should also be prevented access to the water.
Tests are underway to confirm the situation, but Northern Health issued the advisory to be on the safe side. According to information from the BC Ministry of Environment, drinking water with blue green algae can lead to symptoms such as fever, dizziness, stomach cramps, vomiting or sore throat. The conditions may persist for several days. More information is contained by clicking here.
Blue-green algae is a naturally occurring substance in lakes across the country, but under the right circumstances, it can take off, creating health hazards.