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New Orleans, La. — Additional beaches have been deemed unsafe in Mississippi and Louisiana as Harmful Algae Bloom(HAB) expands slowly east. The latest closures include most of Gulfport, Mississippi.

At least a dozen beaches are now closed in Mississippi, more than an dozen in Louisiana have been placed under advisories, and more than a dozen fecal bacteria alerts have been issued in Texas.

Harmful, greenish-blue algae is filled with bacteria that can cause rashes, cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

Authorities encourages everyone, including pets, to stay out of the water.

For the latest advisories in each state click on the links below