Algae that can Cause Rashes, Nausea, Diarrhea and Vomiting Close Hancock County Beaches

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued closures Saturday for the beaches in Hancock County due to a harmful algal bloom developing in the area. An algal bloom is the rapid growth of algae on the surface of the water.

MDEQ advises people, and their pets, to avoid contact, including swimming, with the blue-green algae because exposure can be harmful. MDEQ collected samples Friday at the four Hancock County beach stations that were analyzed by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

The four beaches closed in Hancock County are: 

  • Lakeshore Beach
  • Buccaneer State Park Beach
  • Waveland Beach
  • Bay St. Louis Beach

The algae can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. MDEQ advises those exposed to wash with soap and water and to not eat fish or any other seafood taken from these waters.

All other beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast remain open. MDEQ and MDMR are continuing to monitor the situation.

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