State officials urging people to stay out of Warwick pond


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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Islands Department of Health (DOH) is urging people to stay away from a local pond, saying it could be harmful to humans and animals.

In a press release made by the department on Friday, they’re telling people to keep out of Little Pond in Warwick due to a recent blue-green algae bloom.

According to the Department of Health, contact with water containing blue-green algae can cause skin, nose, eyes, and throat irritation. Ingesting the water will often cause a stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

In extreme and rarer cases it can even cause dizziness, headache, fever, liver damage, and nervous system damage.

The DOH is even warning people to keep their animals away from the pond, adding that it can make them sick as well.

They say that water containing these algae may look like “green paint, thick pea soup, or green cottage cheese.”

Anyone who suspects blue-green algae blooms is asked to contact the Department of Environmental Management at 401-222-4700.

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