The Ministry of Health encourages citizens to avoid swimming in the coastal areas of Lake Sevan, where brighter algae are observed.
An official from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia informed “Armenpress” that cyanobacter (cyanobacter) or bacterial algae meet all over the world, especially in non-flowing, nutrient-rich waters. Some species produce toxic substances (toxins) that affect the health of animals and people, which can be influenced by people drinking, swallowing, or swallowing “blown” water.
“If you swim in such water, you may experience the following symptoms: asthma, eye irritation, rash, especially mouth and nose, skin irritation, allergic reactions. In case of swallowing indifferently water may cause stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, throat pain, headache, muscle and joint pain, cookies in the oral cavity, liver problems.
In order to avoid such health problems, the Ministry of Health encourages:
- Do not abstain in places where algae is observed,
- prohibit children from swimming in unauthorized places;
- In case of the above symptoms, seek medical advice immediately.
Although laboratory studies have shown that the most risky areas are the beaches adjacent to Vardenik and Martuni communities, the algae can be alive, altering the proportion of species depending on air and water temperature, wind direction and strength.
Therefore, we recommend once again to avoid swiming where there are algae in the water, “the message says.