08/05/2015 10:46 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 01:12 EDT

Lake in southern New Brunswick latest to be hit by blue-green algae

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick Health Department says blue-green algae has been found in a lake in the southern part of the province.

Washademoak Lake is the latest to be the subject of a public advisory.

The algae has also been found in Grand Lake, Harvey Lake, Chamcook Lake, Lake Utopia, Lac Baker and Lac Unique.

People are advised to avoid water activities in areas of the lake where the water is discoloured or where surface scum is present.

Blue-green algae can produce toxins that cause skin, eye and throat irritation, or more serious medical issues such as severe gastrointestinal illness if consumed.


The Canadian Press