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Jun 9, 2017 4:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Toxic Algae Bloom Detected In Georgica Pond In East Hampton

Jun 9, 2017 5:32 PM

The Suffolk County Health Department has issued a warning to residents against coming in contact with the waters of Georgica Pond after toxic algae blooms were detected in the pond this week.

The county issued a warning on Friday afternoon saying that biologists from Stony Brook University had identified the presence of cynobacteria, a type of blue green algae that naturally produces toxins, that can cause illness if ingested and has been known to be fatal to animals.

The county warning advised residents against swimming or wading in the pond, especially in areas where the water is scummy or discolored, and to seek medical attention if you suffer nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, skin, eye or throat irritation, or allergic reactions or breathing difficulties after being on the pond.

Blue green algae blooms have appeared in Georgica Pond for several years, but this year's is the earliest that the blooms have been detected in the pond. Typically the algae blooms don't appear until later in the year, with warmer water temperatures, but heavy rainfall can also spark the blooms.

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