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Mississippi beaches closed due to toxic bacteria

A toxic bacteria problem along the Mississippi gulf coast is getting worse and is ruining vacation plans for tens of thousands.

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST (localmemphis.com) – A toxicbacteria problem along the Mississippi gulf coast is getting worse and is ruiningvacation plans for tens of thousands.

All 21 of the state’s gulf coast beaches noware closed, and there are fears Alabama may be next.

The CDC blames polluted floodwater from the Midwestflowing out of the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. That pollutedwater has fed an outbreak of blue-green algae which can cause rashes, diarrhea,and vomiting in people and pets.

Biologists say there’s no real way to stop abloom once it happens in a large body of water. Beach goers will have to waitfor the tides to flush it away.