Algal bloom continues in Lake Okaro
Monday, 12 November 2012 12:00 p.m.
Blue green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce
toxins which are particularly harmful to both people and animals,
especially dogs. The toxins can aggravate asthma or eczema,
result in stomach upset, and cause skin rashes, numbness and
Lake Okaro, near Rainbow Mountain, approximately twenty kilometres to the south of Rotorua, has a significant recent history of algal blooms reflecting the high level of nutrients contained in the lake sediment. Regular testing of the lake will continue over the summer months.
For all health warning updates across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts call 0800 221 555. Further information is available at www.ttophs.govt.nz