WHY IS THERE A CLOSURE?
- An algae bloom has been noted at Whitings Pond. As a toxin can be produced by cyanobacteria (formerly known as blue-green algae) and cause harm, The Department of Public Health has recommended the closure of Whitings Pond. While we cannot confirm the presence of cyano-toxin, caution must be maintained.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Do not swim, wade or come in contact with the water, scum, foam or algae at Whitings Pond.
- Seek medical attention if you or family members are experiencing illness after swimming or playing in water. Recreational waters containing cyanobacteria at levels exceeding the state’s guidelines for issuing a Health Advisory can put you at risk of various adverse health effects including upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Exposure to concentrations of cyanobacteria and toxins higher than the state’s guideline values could potentially result in more serious illnesses, including liver or kidney damage.
- Animals may be vulnerable to adverse health effects of cyanobacteria or cyanotoxins. Contact a veterinarian if animals show signs of illness.
- If you, your family members or your animals have experienced adverse cyanobacteria-related health effects, please contact the North Attleboro Board of Health to report the illness.
WHAT IS BEING DONE?
- The North Attleboro Board of Health, Park and Rec, and Conservation is working closely with local and state public health and emergency response agencies to address the situation.
- The Town of North Attleboro will post updated information when the Advisory is lifted or if there are any changes to the conditions of this recreational closure.
For more information, please contact 508-699-0104 or visit www.nattleboro.com. Please share this information with other people who recreate in these waters, especially those who may not have received this notice directly.
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