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Alert :

The Porcupine Health Unit is providing this notice because a blue-green algal bloom has been detected in Remi Lake in Moonbeam.
Water sampling has been conducted by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) during the week of September 17, 2017 but the results have not yet been received to confirm the presence of algal toxins.
Pending results of the toxin testing, residents in the affected area are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Do not use the water for drinking or for food preparation including infant formula.
  • Avoid using the water for washing dishes and clothes.
  • Use of the water is not recommended for animals; pets and livestock can also be affected
  • The toxins can irritate the skin; you should also avoid swimming and other water sport activities that could increase the risk of ingestion and/or skin contact with algal material and toxins.
  • The Porcupine Health Unit advises to use an alternate source of water for drinking and bathing.
  • If you draw your water supply from surface water where algae are evident, please be aware that boiling the water or using home water treatment devices will not destroy the toxins. 

For more information, click Blue-green Algae.

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Alert :

The town of Moosonee has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) effective September 20, 2017. The advisory affects the residents of Moosonee on Umisk Avenue and Nistum Avenue. Residents affected are required to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to use or use bottled water. See our Boil Water Advisory page for tips on using water safely during a BWA.

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Notice :

There is currently a shortage of the yellow fever vaccine in Canada. 
Travellers should contact the Porcupine Health Unit well in advance to inquire about whether or not Yellow Fever vaccine is required. The Porcupine Health Unit will then be able to advise you on your options including possibly travelling out of town to receive the Yellow Fever vaccine. 

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