Clear waters: Cyanobacteria no longer an issue at Polish seaside

With the Summer in full swing, many Poles dream of a dip in the Baltic Sea and the prospects are looking good at the coastal Pomorskie province, insomuch as the Main Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS) reports the absence of harmful cyanobacteria – a long impediment of holiday-goers’ pursuit of leisure and joy.

“None of about 60 seaside swimming areas organised on the territory of the Pomorskie province reported cyanobacteria on Sunday morning and the water is good for swimming,” the GIS reported.

The spew of the bacteria notorious for causing harm to swimmers health was reported in late June in the coastal waters of the Baltic Sea, which resulted in a temporary suspension of some swimming areas.

The GIS stressed that clusters of cyanobacteria are constantly moving on the water surface transported by sea currents and wind. In the event of a cluster appearing in coastal water, lifeguards make decisions to ban swimming in a given place. A total closure of a swimming area is advised by the GIS if an abundance of cyanobacteria is discovered.

Taking a plunge in cyanobacteria-infested water may cause a rash and the reddening of the eyelids. In the event of swallowing water with cyanobacteria, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach aches may manifest.