Public health advisory issued for local lake

( file photo of blue-green algae )

(KNZA)--A public health advisory has been issued for a local lake due to blue-green algae.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, announced Friday that the Atchison State Fishing Lake has been placed under "warning" level status due to presence of the toxic hazard.

KDHE says a “ warning” status indicates that conditions are unsafe for human and pet exposure. The agency says direct contact with the water should be avoided.

Fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water. However, only the fillet portion should be consumed and all other parts discarded.

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