The climate change seems to have produced many mutations around the Earth’s life forms. This time, the blue-green algae are under the spotlight because it seems that they cause their host water infestation with dangerous substances.
Recently, the US has been shaken by a worrying announcement. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and the Water Security Agency are sending a warning towards the population. All citizens should avoid swimming in or drinking the water from places where blue-green algae are blooming.
In case you are wondering what these plants are, blue-green algae are a large and diverse group of simple organisms which look like plants. They live in salt water and large fresh water lakes. Some people think that they can be used in therapeutic purposes, but there’s no scientific evidence to support this idea.
You can easily recognize the algae blooms because of the shimmering, foamy appearance they often give to the water. They have colours like blue-green, grey, tan or bright blue and heavy concentrations of them can be found on calm, slow lakes from hot areas or on still waters with enough nutrients.
The blue-green’s algae’s blooming was caused by the high temperatures registered during the last period. The Government’s warning is connected with the fact that the algae produce toxins which can be harmful to people, wild animals, pets and livestock. In this idea, people are advised to stay away and keep their furry friends away from waters which show signs of infestation with the mentioned life forms.
Swimming in or drinking the water contaminated with algae can cause red skin, sore throat, cramps or diarrhea. For more efficient prevention of poisoning, the Government advices citizens to be careful with the consumption of fish or shellfish caught in areas where the blue-green algae are blooming. If you or a closed person happens to experience the symptoms mentioned before, you are advised to call the Healthline 811 or get in touch with the nearest health care provider.