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Sick water: Nutrient pollution of recreational waters is ruining holidays and poses a serious health risk

Sick water: algalbloom

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Nairobi, 17 August 2016: Summer time in the northern hemisphere! Time to go to the beach or a nearby lake to enjoy the water in the hot weather. Swimming, water-skiing, rafting, snorkeling, playing “fetch” with your dog – pleasurable ways to unwind.

But danger lurks. You throw a stick into the lake. Your dog bounds after it and later dies. You inadvertently swallow water while swimming and get parasites. You eat seafood in a restaurant near the coast – and get sick. You head off for a swim in a lake only to find that is covered in green slime. Read more.