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Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Posted at 3:22pm

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A Lake Erie blue-green algae bloom described as an “immediate threat” to Pelee Island has been downgraded to an advisory, according to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Doctor Allen Heimann removed the closure of Pelee Island’s beaches but cautions swimming may be not a good idea.

He cautions bathers to be aware there may still be a risk for skin and eye irritation, as low-level microcystins may still exist. If you notice any of these irritations, wash the affected area as soon as possible. As always, avoid swallowing the lake water when swimming.

The Health Unit also tested a number of private well, small drinking water systems and determined that the water was safe for drinking and bathing.

The Health Unit says there’s also no indication of microcystin in the municipal water system on Pelee Island.

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