Hutt River Warnings:
Medium risk from toxic algae in Hutt River at silverstream
Although toxic algae cover is low at this site, mats have started to wash up on the river’s edge posing a risk to dogs and humans. Warning signs have been put in place at key access points to this part of the river.
At all other monitoring sites the risk from algae remains low.
Dogs are particualrly susceptible to cyanobateria toxins because they like to scavenge at the river's edge. Dogs should be kept on a lead or kept away from the riverside.
Cyanobacteria is identifiable as thick clumps (mats) of algae washed up at the rivers edge, which is brown or balck in colour.
River users should avoid contact with mats of algae, taking extra care that children do not touch the mats. These mats contain toxins which can cause vomiting, diarrohea and skin irritations in humans.
Symptoms of poisoning in animals exposed to the type of cyanotoxins identified in the Hutt River and Waikanae River during a similar incident 2005/2006 included lethargy, muscle tremors, fast breathing. twitching, paralysis and convulsions. In extreme cases death can occur within 30 minutes of signs first appearing. Pet owners are urged to contact their veterinarian immediately if they are concerned their pet may have been poisoned by the algae.
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