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Jan 6, 2015

04:06:55 GMT--Biological Hazard - Australia - New Zealand

EDIS Number: BH-20150106-46557-NZL

Date / time: 06/01/2015 04:04:59 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Australia

Country: New Zealand

State/County: South Island

Location: Masterton

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

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Dog walkers are being warned not to let their dogs off their leads around a lake in Masterton, after the discovery of toxic algal bloom. A health warning's been issued for Henley Lake. Council spokesman Grant Hathaway says exposure to a bacteria caused by the decaying algae can cause skin rashes, nausea, and upset tummy and numbness around the mouth or tips of fingers. He says people should contact their doctor or vet if they or their animals are showing symptoms. Mr Hathaway says the toxin has caused a thick surface scum on parts of the lake's shoreline.

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