NS news: Blue-green algae closes beach

NS news: Blue-green algae closes beach

Cunard Pond Beach in Halifax is closed for recreational use due to a bloom of blue-green algae.

According to a press release from the City of Halifax, some types of blue-green algae produce toxins that can pose a risk to people and pets.

Anyone who comes into contact with blue-green algae or drinks water containing blue-green algae may experience:

  • rash
  • skin irritation
  • swollen lips
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • a sore throat
  • painful red eyes

Initial testing is being conducted at Cunard Pond Beach to determine if the algae bloom is producing toxins. If so, the beach will remain closed until the bloom is gone.

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