Friday, December 24, 2010

City warns of Wildevoelvlei

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 December 2010


The City of Cape Town’s Health authorities have warned people to stay away from the Wildevoelvlei in the Noordhoek valley because of its high concentration of toxic algae.

A statement released by the City Health says no contact must be made with the body of water.

It says Wildevoelvlei has a well-established algae population which could increase radically during the warm summer months.

The statement says this is the reason for the current green pea-soup colour of the water.

Exposure to the algae could cause eye irritation, skin rashes, mouth ulcers, diarrhoea and flu-like symptoms.

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