AHS is advising members of the public not to swim at Aspen Beach in Gull Lake after elevated levels of fecal bacteria were detected this week. Black Press File photo

Updated: AHS advising public not to swim at Gull or Buffalo lakes this weekend

Elevated levels of fecal bacteria have been detected

Alberta Health Services is advising the public to avoid swimming or wading at Gull Lake and Buffalo Lake this weekend.

AHS said due to elevated levels of fecal bacteria, it is not safe to swim at Gull Lake’s Aspen Beach or Buffalo Lake’s Rochan Sands.

At the current levels, a gastrointestinal illness may result from contact with the water and there is the possibility of skin, ear and eye infections.

The advisory will remain in place until further notice.

If individuals do decide to swim in the water, they should avoid contact with the face and mouth and ensure hands are washed after being in the water, says AHS.

Environmental public health officers will continue to monitor the water, and signage has been posted at the beaches

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