Beach goers around the Mar Menor and Costa Calida can bathe at ease for the time being, as toxic seaweed recently found in Almeria has not spread north to the Murcia region.

Last month some beaches in Almeria province had to be closed off due to a high number of reported allergies and flu cases after people went into the water, with almost 90 bathers affected after swimming at the Cuevas de Almanzora beach.

The sea water was analysed and the micro-algae was blamed for the symptoms.  The “red current” is quite a common phenomenon in the Mediterranean, but usually much less concentrated.  The symptoms are not serious, but just something of a hassle.

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