Hamilton’s Public Health Department has shut down swimming and wading in the water at Pier 4 Park Beach.
Officials say it’s due to the presence of toxin-producing Blue-green algae and are asking residents to avoid contact with the water.
People who accidentally come into contact with the water should wash themselves off as soon as possible with clean water.
Pets should also be kept out of the water at Pier 4 Park Beach.
Bayfront Park Beach is closed for the 2016 swimming season due to a history of high levels of E. coli bacteria and toxin-producing Blue-green algae.
CLICK HERE to see the current status of the water quality at Hamilton’s beaches.
Some blue-green algae have the potential to produce toxins or skin irritants.
Adverse health effects are mainly caused by drinking water that is contaminated with blue-green algae toxins.
Skin contact with blue-green algae contaminated water can cause skin irritation and itching.
Exposure to blue-green algae toxins, if present in sufficient amounts, can cause headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, skin rashes and mucous membrane irritation.
Anyone who has recently been in direct contact with the waters of Pier 4 Beach, and is experiencing headaches, fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, is advised to contact their physician.
The safety of Hamilton’s drinking water supply is not affected by this situation.