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June 13, 2013

State issues blue-green algae warning for three Kansas lakes

The Kansas Department of Heath and Environment issued a warning Thursday about blue-green algae in three lakes.

The Kansas Department of Heath and Environment issued a warning Thursday about blue-green algae in three lakes.

The lakes are Logan City Lake in Phillips County, Marion Reservoir in Marion County and Memorial Park Lake, also known as Veterans Lake, in Barton County.

The department advised in a news release that people take these precautions:

• Don’t drink lake water or allow pets or livestock to drink lake water.
• Avoid swimming, wading, waterskiing and other water activities.
• Clean fish and rinse with clean water. Consume only the fillet portion and discard all other parts.
• Don’t allow pets to eat dried algae.
• Wash with clean potable water as soon as possible if your skin or a pet’s fur comes into contact with lake water.
• Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism said in the news release that marinas, lakeside businesses and park camping sites remain open for business. Swimming beaches at affected lakes will be closed.

Skin that comes into contact with water affected by blue-green algae can develop a rash, and ingesting such water can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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