Health warning for second BOP lake

Stay out of the water if it looks likes this, says the local Medical Officer of Health. Photo. Supplied.

A health warning has been issued for Lake Okaro after recent tests confirmed algal bloom activity.

Dr Phil Shoemack, Medical Officer of Health, for Toi Te Ora Public Health says the announcement follows a decision last November to place a warning on Lake Rotoehu for the same reason.

“This means people should avoid any contact with water at both lakes,” he says.

Contact with water affected by blue-green algal blooms can cause asthma and hayfever attacks in some individuals.

It can also cause skin rashes, stomach upsets, and in some cases neurological effects such as tingling around the mouth, headaches, breathing difficulties and visual problems.

Phil says while there have not been any recent reports of people becoming ill from contact with algae, or their toxins from Lake Rotoehu or Okaro, it’s important to stay vigilant and out of the water.

“Rotorua Lakes Council will be placing signs at Lake Okaro advising potential lake users of the bloom and encouraging people to stay up to date with health warnings for the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.”

Information on health warnings can be found at:

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Tom Ranger

Posted on 20-06-2021 19:19 | By

And we all are reaping what we sow. Our ways of life must change or the world will...eventually and successfully boot most of us out to give itself some time to reach equilibrium again.