Poisonous Algae Puts 2012 Olympic Triathlon Venue In Danger

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  • Published Jul 1, 2011
  • Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM UTC

The lake slated to be used for the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 ITU World Championship Series race may not be safe for swimmers.

Tests have found blue-green algae in the Serpentine Lake, which will be used for the 2012 triathlon and the 10km marathon swim.

Swimmers are being warned they may suffer skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhea and fever if they swallow the contaminated water, which can kill dogs and other animals. The algae, which occurs naturally most summers, could reappear next August for the men’s and women’s triathlons, which include a 1,500m swim, and the marathon swimming races.

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