(WICHITA, Kan.)—The Kansas Department of Health and Enviorment took samples of algae from the Winfield Lake Tuesday. The city called KDHE because of concerns that it might be blue green algae.
Last year about a dozen were sickened by blue green algae at different lakes across Kansas. Until the City of Winfield knows what's in the lake, residents are being told to be careful with the water.
Last summer's extreme heat led to blue-green algae warnings at 38 different Kansas lakes. Seven people got sick and five dogs died because of the toxic algae.
Officials can't say if there will be as many cases this year, but Kansas wildlife and health agencies will work together to monitor conditions.
Even if a advisory or warning isn't issued for a lake, health officials say if the water doesn't look inviting, stay out.