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Toxic algae warning

TOXIC algae have appeared in a loch in Shetland’s north mainland, local environmental health inspectors have warned.

Samples from Lochend, in Northmavine, have been sent to environment agency SEPA to confirm whether it is blue green algae.

As a precautionary measure, notices are being placed in local shops and next to the local lochs warning people to steer clear of the algae.

Local landowners and fishing interests have also been informed, as have NHS Shetland.

Some blue green algae can give rise to adverse medical effects, including skin rashes, eye irritations, vomiting and diarrhoea, fever and pains in muscles and joints.

Toxic algae have caused deaths of livestock and dogs. Local water supplies have not yet been adversely affected.