Toxic algae found in East Providence Turner Reservior, officials say

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island officials are advising people to stay away from Turner Reservoir due to high levels of toxic algae.

The Rhode Island Departments of Health and Environmental Management say the algae known as blue-green algae or cyanobacteria, was found in high levels at the Turner Reservoir in East Providence. 

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

Symptoms of exposure include stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea in humans and loss of energy, loss of appetite or other unexplained illnesses in pets.

The reservoir is used only for recreation at this time, not for drinking water. Officials advise people to avoid all kinds of recreation — including swimming, boating and fishing — in the affected body of water. Pets should be kept away, as well. 

"f you come into contact with the water, rinse your skin with clean water as soon as possible and, when you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes," officials advised in a press release. "Similarly, if your pet comes into contact with the water, immediately wash your pet with clean water."

Officials say it’s possible that blue-green algae blooms could be affecting other bodies of water throughout the state.

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