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Kansas regulators issue public health warnings for toxic algae bloom at 3 lakes

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WICHITA, Kansas — Health officials are warning the public about a toxic algae bloom in three lakes in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the public health warning Thursday for Chisholm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County. Warnings were also issued for Marion Reservoir in Marion County and Memorial Park Lake in Barton County.

The lakes under the warning are not closed. The agency says activities like boating and fishing may be safe, but people and animals should avoid direct contact with the water.

Officials say pets that swim in or drink water affected by the algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may get very sick or die.

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