Travellers In Lake District Need To Aware Of Deadly Algae

Travellers In Lake District Need To Aware Of Deadly Algae

30/06/2020 0 By M Zaman

Among holidaymakers in UK, Lake District in Cumbria is a dream holiday destination. While, you are considering to visit Lake District in Cumbria will need to aware of deadly algae.

During summer season, there are lots of holidaymakers love to visit in Lake District, Cumbria.

A deadly type of algae that can make humans very ill and even kill animals exist there.

Blue-Green algae or cyanobacteria have been found in the Lake District.

This types of algae occurs naturally in bodies of freshwater, but some kinds are toxic to humans and lethal to animals.

A couple enjoying a bracing swim in Windermere

A couple enjoying a bracing swim in Windermere (Image: National Trust)

Among humans, this types of algae can cause skin rashes, sore eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, muscle and joint pain.

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Previously, Environment Agency warned public there are Blue Green Algae exist within four Lake District locations.

Jim Ratcliffe of Environment Agency added, “Blue Green Algae is a completely natural summertime occurrence, however it can be toxic and as such, users of these lakes must remain cautious. As well as having a negative effect on the appearance, quality and use of the water, it can also move around – you could see it one day, but it may have moved the next.”

“We rely on members of the public to report suspected appearances of Blue Green Algae to our Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Once a report comes in we will send our samplers to test it and if confirmed, will contact landowners such as local authorities encouraging them to display warnings to notify the public of the health risks. ”

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“We will then continue to take samples of affected lakes throughout the summer on a weekly or monthly basis.”

There are not information about Algal blooms available from here.

Blue Green algae in Derwentwater (Image: Environment Agency)

However, if you are considering to visit Lake District there are useful information about algae you will need to know.

Previously, police in Cumbria urged public not to visit in Lake District. As,there are large numbers of Coronavirus cases.

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