Fish Kill in the Arkansas near Wichita

May 27, 2012

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are advising people to avoid contact with the Arkansas River from central Wichita to the Oklahoma state line because of high levels of bacteria.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a public health advisory late Friday and says pets and livestock should also be kept away from the river. KDHE says there's also been a fish kill in a section of the river where the water is black and has a strong odor.

The agency says it hasn't found the source of the bacteria, which was discovered during routine monitoring. KDHE says the health advisory will stay in effect until further notice.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.