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5 Kansas Lakes Have Algae Blooms

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Kansas health officials say five lakes around the state currently have toxic algae blooms.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says warnings for blue-green algae have been issued for Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Lovewell State Park Lake in Jewell County, Marion Reservoir in Marion County, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County and Norton Lake in Norton County.

KDHE says lakes under a watches or warnings are not closed, but the public should be aware that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected. KDHE says direct contact with the water is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock.

Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that can cause problems ranging from skin irritation to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.