Algae blooms shut down several Putnam and Dutchess county beaches

Health officials urge beachgoers to avoid contact with the algae blooms. If exposure does occur, experts recommend rinsing off immediately and seeking medical treatment.

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2024, 11:17 AM

Updated 13 days ago

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Several Putnam and Dutchess county beaches are closed due to harmful algae blooms.
In Putnam County, Jackson Beach, Carrara's Beach, and Warren Beach are all currently off-limits to the public. Blue-green algae, which produces toxins that can be dangerous to both humans and animals, is responsible for the closures.
Health officials urge beachgoers to avoid contact with the algae blooms. If exposure does occur, experts recommend rinsing off immediately and seeking medical treatment.
Symptoms of exposure to blue-green algae toxins include headaches, ear, nose and throat irritation, skin rashes, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting.
For updated beach closure information, visit the Putnam County website.
In Dutchess County, blue-green algae is also closing the waterfront at Wilcox Park, officials said. The area will remain closed through next weekend.
However, the new spray-ground water area is open. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day, weather permitting.


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