Northampton

Sample reveals blue-green algae in Northamptonshire lake

A toxic algae has been discovered on a lake in a Northamptonshire water park.

The Environment Agency found a toxic blue-green algae bloom at The Washlands on the River Nene in Northampton during routine sampling.

The agency has put up signs to warn the public to keep away from the water and the edge of the lake.

"The algae is visible on the water's surface and could cause serious illness in humans and animals," an agency spokesman said.

The signs around the lake are designed to alert the public and dog walkers who are being asked to keep their animals out of the water.

The spokesman said the algae produces toxins that can kill animals and cause skin-rashes, eye irritation, vomiting and fever in people.

"Environment Agency staff will regularly test water samples from the affected area and warnings will remain in place until the algal count drops to a safe level," she added.

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