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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Cyanobacteria Found at Fulton Pond

MDPH BOH Algae Sign

CYANOBACTERIA IDENTIFIED AT FULTON POND

DPH has visually confirmed a cyanobacteria algae bloom in Fulton Pond. Algae blooms form in fresh water when cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) grow quickly and form scums or mats in the water. Some blooms can produce toxins harmful to people and animals. These are called harmful algae blooms.

Health concerns from harmful algae blooms and their toxins vary depending on the type of exposure and the amounts and types of toxin present.

  • Contact with these algae can cause skin and eye irritation.
  • Ingesting small amounts can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. Ingesting large amounts of toxins may cause liver or neurological damage.
  • Inhaling water spray with algae in it can cause asthma-like symptoms.
  • Small children and pets are more susceptible to the effects of toxins than adults. Livestock and pet deaths from ingesting algal toxins have occurred.

At Fulton Pond: 

  • Do not Swim
  • Do not swallow water
  • Keep animals away
  • Rinse off after contact with the water. 

The Health Department will continue to monitor the situation.


More information about cyanobacteria can be found:

Harmful Algae Blooms in Fresh Water

Harmful Algae Blooms in Fresh Water PDF


Please contact the Health Department at 508-261-7366 or Health@Mansfieldma.com with any additional questions.

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