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WorldFrench beaches closed due to toxic algae bloom linked to two deaths

20:25  16 july  2019
20:25  16 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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A toxic algae bloom is keeping swimmers out of the water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and it will be weeks before Hurricane Barry wasn’t enough to blow away the toxic algae plaguing Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. As of Monday, all Mississippi beaches remain closed due to a Harmful Algae Bloom

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French beaches closed due to toxic algae bloom linked to two deaths© LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images Beaches in the Britanny region have been closed due to concerns over the algae.

Six beaches around Saint-Brieuc in the French region of Brittany have been closed to the public due to unmanageable quantities of sea lettuce, which local campaign groups say may be linked to two recent deaths in the area.

On July 6 an 18-year-old oyster farmer was found dead in nearby Morlaix Bay and initial tests showed that he may have drowned, according to the local prosecutor's office.

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Two more beaches were closed Thursday due to harmful blue-green algae , the Mississippi Department of An algal bloom is the rapid growth of algae on the surface of the water. The previous closures issued for 10 other stations in Harrison County and Hancock County remain in effect.

While a toxic algae bloom shut down water access to coastal Mississippi’s beaches for the foreseeable future, there are no The following map on the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's website, shows the location of the 21 beaches closed due to a toxic algae bloom that has

However local campaign group Halte aux Marée Vertes claims that the victim may have been poisoned by hydrogen sulphide, a toxic gas released as the sea lettuce decomposes, reports CNN affiliate BFMTV.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office told CNN that there are concerns over the algae and its potential effects, but he will wait until the results of ongoing tests on the victim are released before discussing more specific information.

The recent death of a 70-year-old man in Douarnenez Bay raised similar concerns, according to Jean Hascoet, a member of the NGO Eau et Rivières, which has petitioned authorities to investigate both incidents.

Hascoet told CNN that authorities need to do more to investigate the cause of death when people die in areas where the sea lettuce, or ulva lactuca, is present.

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Six beaches in the area are currently closed because of the green algae that produces a smell like rotting eggs. The colourless gas can attack nervous and The green algae has been linked to the deaths of two men in under a week Credit: Loic Venance/AFP. They build up in excrement from the

All of Mississippi's beaches have been closed for swimming due to toxic algae . According to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, all of Mississippi's 21 beaches have now been closed and the algal bloom is caused by the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway in Louisiana, which has brought an "excessive

"There are 600 deaths per year related to swimming, so we don't say that every time it's because of algae, but we're angry because it's a hidden phenomenon," he said.

French beaches closed due to toxic algae bloom linked to two deaths© Shutterstock Sea lettuce, or ulva lactuca, is a growing problem in Brittany.

"We ask that every time someone dies, we need an investigation."

Anniet Laverman, a microbiology researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) explained that more of the plants are observed in areas where there is a lot of human activity, including agriculture and the disposal of waste water in the sea.

"Algae when they are alive, they are plants and they do not pose a problem," Laverman told CNN. "But when they are dead, they degrade."

When the sea lettuce breaks down it releases hydrogen sulphide, or H2S, she explained, a toxic gas with a smell that has been compared to rotten eggs.

"People can smell the smell of H2S but are not aware that it's a very toxic gas smell," said Laverman.

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An algal bloom or algae bloom is a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae in freshwater or marine water systems

Beach goers in Mississippi were out of luck over Fourth of July weekend after officials closed all state beaches due to a toxic bacteria in the water. Blue-green algae blooms are the most common type of algae bloom . They tend to smell musty and can look like paint on top of the water, the NOAA says.

Ines Leraud, an investigative journalist who recently published a book on the algae problems in Brittany, told BFMTV the problem is worsening due to climate change.

Normally dead algae is collected from the beaches every morning but there is so much this year that it's not possible to keep up, she said.

French beaches closed due to toxic algae bloom linked to two deaths© LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images Algae blooms are increasing in size due to climate change, according to one expert.

Leraud believes that there is a lack of transparency around the issue.

"There are several taboos in this story: there is a taboo on the origins of the algae and there is a taboo on the effects of the algae," she said.

CNN has attempted to contact the Saint-Brieuc mayor's office for comment.

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