Another 1,300 confirmed cases of toxic algae blooms in Ontario lakes

(CNN) — There have been at least 1,290 cases of toxic algae blooms reported in Ontario’s lakes, making it the most reported occurrences of toxic blooms since May, Ontario Environment Minister Rod Phillips said Tuesday.

“Families across the province have been rightly concerned about the potential health implications of these algae toxins,” Phillips said in a statement. “In recent days, we have proactively offered equipment such as tanks and proactively offered resources for hydro treatment so people can safely manage the algae.”

A spokesman for Phillips told CNN he could not confirm how many of the reported cases are algae blooms. The number of treated algae blooms has not been released.

“The public has made it clear that it is important that we do everything possible to help eliminate the toxins,” Phillips said. “While we have reached a milestone with 1,290 cases reported, we know that the aggressive bloom that is currently in these waters continues to pose a risk.”

Thirty lakes reported toxic blooms in 2016. More than 1,000 cases were reported last year.

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Several cases of people in southern Ontario getting sick from toxic algae have prompted warnings for people to stay away from the water.

Two cases were reported last week at the shores of Lake Ontario near Muskoka, and seven cases of skin rashes were reported in a community near the town of Norfolk.

The number of cases of toxic algae blooms in Ontario is coinciding with a big bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie. In Ohio, 1,828 cases have been reported from toxic algae blooms on five Lake Erie islands since June 1. Of those, 1,206 are at Jones Beach and Eileen Beach.

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