Blue-green algae warning for Lake Boort Wildlife Reserve
Thursday 19 January, 2017
Parks Victoria announced that a blue-green algae (BGA) bloom is currently affecting the Lake Boort Wildlife Reserve. The public is warned not to swim in and to avoid any direct contact with blue-green algae affected water.
Direct contact with blue-green algae can cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness; sore eyes, ears and nose or if swallowed gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting.
People who come in to contact with contaminated water should wash immediately in fresh water. Seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with BGA affected water.
Any fish harvested from BGA affected water should have gills and guts removed prior to cooking. People should not eat whole fish, or shellfish or crustaceans collected from the lake.
The type of algae affecting Lake Boort Wildlife Reserve produces toxins that can concentrate in shellfish and crustaceans and also accumulate in the liver and internal organs of fish. Ingesting BGA toxins can lead to serious illness.
Water from the affected water body should not be used for drinking, cooking or other domestic uses. Boiling the affected water will not make it safe for use.
For any health issues experienced after contact with BGA affected water please seek medical advice immediately.
Visitors can view closures due to blue-green algae at www.parks.vic.gov.au by searching under each individual park name.
Media enquiriesTanya Smith
Parks Victoria media centre