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Ban on swimming in Lake Neuchâtel after 6 dogs die in 24 hours

National News // Aug. 4, 2020

A ban on swimming in Lake Neuchâtel has been continued into this week.
 

Unsplash Ban on swimming in Lake Neuchâtel after 6 dogs die in 24 hours


It’s after a link has been made between the death of 6 dogs within 24hrs last week and the presence of cyanobacteria - or blue algae - in the water.

The algae thrives when lakes are warm, producing substance that can be poisonous to both humans and animals.

Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea - causing neurological disorders and possible death.

The cantonal police say samples taken over the weekend are still be analysed and the waters remain closed for now.

The ban covers the area from Colombier and the Areuse River, with a recommendation not to swim elsewhere in the lake at all.

 

 

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