- Associated Press - Sunday, July 23, 2017

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are advising people to stay away from a Newport pond due to the presence of a toxic blue-green algae bloom.

The state Departments of Health and Environmental Management say the algae known as cyanobacteria were found in Almy Pond. All recreation- including swimming, fishing and boating -at the pond should be avoided.

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.

Officials say it’s possible that blue-green algae blooms could be affecting other bodies of water in Rhode Island.

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