July 16, 201 3
ELGIN ST. THOMAS PUBLIC HEALTH
By Direction of the Acting Medical Officer of Health , Dr Franklin Warsh, of the Elgin St Thomas Public Health, use of the Port Glasgow beach water is not safe.
Do Not Drink, Swim or Wade in beach water due to the presence of Blue-Green algae at the Port Glasgow Beach.
People and pets should not swim or wade in the lake. Any fish from here should not be eaten and people should also avoid contact with blue-green algae along the shoreline.
People who come in contact with or ingest water containing the blue-green algae may experience skin irritation , rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced because they spend more time in the water and are more likely to accidentally ingest contaminated water.
This posting is in effect until further notice when these conditions improve.
They serve a population of approximately 90,000. We are located just south of London, in the southern part of Ontario. The area is a mix of urban and rural populations.