Province warns New Brunswickers of potential risks posed by algal blooms

The province is warning New Brunswickers of the potential health risks posed by some algal blooms in lakes and other bodies of water. 

Algae blooms usually occur during the summer months or early fall and appear in areas like lakes, rivers, and wetlands. 

Government says some blue-green algae can produce toxins, which can cause skin, eye, and throat irritation or more serious health effects like gastrointestinal illness if the toxins are consumed. 

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, says algal blooms can be unpredictable so it's important people be cautious and check the water before entering. 

She advises people not to swim, water-ski, or engage in any other recreational activity that may involve contact with water in areas where a bloom is seen.