- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island health officials are advising people to avoid contact with water in three ponds where toxic blue-green algae blooms have been detected.

The Health and Environmental Management departments said Tuesday the affected waters are South Easton Pond in Middletown, St. Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth, and Watson Reservoir in Little Compton.

Swimming, boating and fishing are never allowed in those ponds and Watson Reservoir because they supply drinking water. Officials said Newport’s public drinking water isn’t at risk.

Skin contact with the algae can cause irritation of the skin, nose, eyes and throat, and swallowing the water can cause diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and more rarely, serious complications.

The advisory is expected to remain in effect through Nov. 1.

People also are advised to avoid bright green water or algae they may see elsewhere.

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