Several beaches along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast have been closed due to the overgrowth of toxic algae in the water. The blooms can be harmful to humans.
According to the New York Post, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has closed down two more beaches in Jackson County due to harmful blue-green algae bloom that grew in the area. Officials reported that the bloom can cause rashes and vomiting in humans. All 21 of Mississippi beaches have been closed.
“The algae could cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Those exposed [should] wash with soap and water.”
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The Environmental Protection Agency says algal blooms are harmful to the environment due to overgrowth and can produce dangerous toxins in fresh or marine water. It can also affect local economies.
Three more beaches were closed last week after more reports of the algal overgrowth. The total at the time was 16 since they were closed down between late June and early July. The algal blooms were also seen in southern Florida and environmental officials have been warned in Texas and Louisiana after harmful levels of bacteria were found in the water.
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