Ongoing drought causes fear of toxic algae

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The Environment Agency is raising awareness of a potential hazard in rivers, lakes and ponds across Lincolnshire.

The ongoing drought and weather conditions may lead to an increased chance of blue-green algae blooms.

Blue-green algae produces toxins which can harm, or even kill, farm animals, pets and wild animals and cause skin-rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain in people.

Chris Extence, environment monitoring team leader, said: “We are asking people to be vigilant and to keep pets and children away from water they suspect may contain the algae.”