24 Dec 2016

New health warning for Waikato lakes

9:16 pm on 24 December 2016

A new health warning has been issued for Lakes Whangape and Ngaroto, because of algal blooms on the Waikato lakes.

A warning for Lake Waikare remains in place.

Waikato DHB medical officer of health Dr Richard Hoskins said the lakes should not be used for any activity that involved skin contact with the affected water, or swallowing water from the lakes.

People who did touch the water could develop a rash, skin and eye irritation, or get allergy symptoms such as hay fever and asthma, and possibly stomach upsets, including diarrhoea and vomiting.