Lake users told to seek medical help as Environment Agency issues algae warning

PUBLISHED: 18:30 01 September 2017

Visitors are being warned to stay away from the lake.

Visitors are being warned to stay away from the lake.

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A blue-green algae which has formed in a lake in Highbridge has been confirmed as potentially toxic by the Environment Agency, with visitors warned to stay away from the water.

Anyone who has fallen ill after touching the affected lake at Apex Park, in Marine Drive, has been urged to seek ‘urgent’ medical attention.

A Sedgemoor District Council spokesman said: “On advice from Environmental Health, our Clean Surroundings team will carry out regular inspections of the lake to monitor any changes and check that adequate signage remains in place around the lake perimeter.

“There will be a record of each inspection, showing if all notices remain present or need replacing in case of any incidents.
“Anyone who has come into contact with the water containing blue-green algae should wash with fresh water immediately.

“Anyone who has come into contact with the affected water and has become ill should obtain urgent medical attention.”

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