Wind prompts health warning in Northern San Joaquin Valley

local@modbee.comApril 30, 2013 

— Yet another windy Tuesday in the Northern San Joaquin Valley prompted local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through this morning in several counties, including Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin.

Blowing dust can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller, which in turn can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Officials with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued the alert, suggesting that older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure or heavy exertion.

For more information, visit www.valleyair.org or call the district's Modesto office, (209) 557-6400.

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