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Hamilton Spectator file photo

Hamilton Spectator file photo

This file photo from 2012 shows blue-green algae contaminating Hamilton Bay.

Hamilton public health closes Bayfront Beach to swimmers

An algae bloom has prompted Hamilton’s public health officials to close Bayfront Beach for swimming.

Public health officials are advising residents and visitors to avoid swimming or wading near the shoreline and in shallow calm areas of water in the western end of Hamilton Harbour, particularly when a noticeable green surface scum or green discolouration of the water is observed.

Toxins produced by blue-green algae  have been detected at the western shoreline of Bayfront Beach in Hamilton Harbour and at the nearby Bayfront Park boat launch.

Anyone who has recently been in direct contact with the waters of western Hamilton Harbour, and is experiencing headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, is advised to contact a physician. The safety of Hamilton’s drinking water supply is not affected by the situation.

The city’s public health services is continuing to monitor the presence of algae toxins at other recreational water access areas in Hamilton Harbour.

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