Swimming ban for Almeria beaches affected by algae

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RED flags have been raised on beaches in the areas of Vera and Cuevas de Almanzora and the public have been told not to swim in the sea.
While not extremely serious, the reason behind the beaches’ bathing ban is the presence of micro-algae in the water, which can cause respiratory problems, chest and throat pain and allergies, with symptoms similar to a common cold.
Affected areas include El Playazo beach in Vera and Quitapellejos (Palomares) and Villaricos beaches.
“These micro-algae are still appearing on the water tests,” said Mayor Antonio Fernandez. “Some residents have shown symptoms, although not severe. We are waiting for sanitary authorities to determine that the protocol can come to an end. Tests are being carried out constantly and there is no need to worry.”

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