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State officials warn of blue-green algae in pond

Posted September 17

— Rhode Island health officials are warning residents to avoid contact with a pond in Providence that has a blue-green algae bloom.

State officials said Friday that the blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria were found in Mashapaug Pond.

Officials say the same algae might also be found in other bodies of water that appear bright green or have a dense mat on the surface of the water.

The algae can produce toxins that are harmful to people and animals.

The state's advisory says people shouldn't let pets drink the water or swim in it. People also shouldn't ingest untreated water or eat fish from the pond.

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